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Understanding License Suspensions and Revocations in Illinois In Illinois, a person can lose their driving privileges for a number of violations. In the majority of cases, a person will face a license suspension or revocation period when their actions endangered other travelers. Unfortunately, a license suspension can significantly impact a person’s livelihood, due to their inability to drive to and from work, their child’s school, and other necessary locations. Fortunately, a skilled attorney can work diligently to help you regain your driving privileges when facing a suspension. If you are facing a driver's license suspension, there are steps you need to take to regain your driving privileges. 

How You Can Lose Your Driving Privileges 

As mentioned above, there are a number of violations that can result in a license suspension or revocation. The most common violation leading to loss of driving privileges is a DUI. According to Illinois’ Secretary of State’s Office, more than 20,000 Illinoisans were arrested on DUI charges throughout 2018. Of those arrested, 90% of eligible drivers lost their driving privileges. During the court process, the defendant's license will be suspended. If convicted of DUI, the guilty party will face a one-year license revocation period. 

A person will face a one-year license suspension period if they refuse to submit to chemical testing when the acting officer has arrested them on suspicion of DUI. A person can also lose their driving privileges for receiving three traffic citations within one calendar year, as well as failing to pay traffic tickets or failure to appear in court. In some instances, an unrelated violation such as refusal to pay child support can result in a license suspension. 

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Regaining Your Driving Privileges After a DUI After being charged with a DUI, the vast majority of offenders will lose their driving privileges. According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, 90% of eligible drivers arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol throughout 2018 lost their driving privileges. Regaining your driving privileges after being convicted of a DUI can be a complicated process. Below we will discuss how you can regain your driving privileges in a limited capacity while your license is suspended or revoked and how you can regain your driving privileges in full at the conclusion of the suspension or revocation period. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, it is time to speak with a qualified legal professional. 

Applying for an MDDP or RDP 

When a driver fails chemical testing, they will likely be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. After being charged with a DUI, the offender’s driving privileges will immediately be suspended. While facing a statutory summary suspension, the driver will likely be eligible to apply for Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). In order to receive an MDDP, the driver must agree to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle by the Secretary of State’s Office. A driver with an MDDP will be afforded the right to drive to and from any location with a registered vehicle equipped with a BAIID. It should be noted that drivers that refuse chemical testing will face a statutory summary suspension and are eligible for an MDDP. 

If the driver is ultimately convicted of a DUI, a first-time offender will face a one-year license revocation period. While their license is revoked, the driver can apply for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). In order to obtain an RDP, the majority of offenders have to prove that a hardship exists. This hardship could be as simple as needing to drive to and from work or needing to drop their children off at school. The driver will also need to provide an alcohol/drug evaluation and in some cases provide proof that they are attending substance treatment courses of some kind. An RDP will enable the driver to drive to and from certain locations at certain times of the day. 

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How to React to a License Suspension or Revocation in Illinois There are a number of traffic violations that can result in loss of driving privileges in Illinois. From aggravated speeding or reckless driving charges to a charge of driving under the influence, it is important to understand how to react to a traffic violation. Having your driver's license suspended or revoked can significantly impact your livelihood. In the event of a DUI conviction, the likelihood of revocation of some length is very high. If you face charges for driving under the influence, speak with a quality attorney right away. 

Driving Permit Options 

According to Illinois state law, a first-time DUI offender faces an automatic minimum license revocation of one full year. Fortunately, a first-time offender can qualify for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. (MDDP). In order to secure an MDDP, a person must install a blood alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) and camera into their vehicle.  

The BAIID will ensure that the person cannot start their vehicle with any traces of alcohol in their system. The camera gives local law enforcement officials the opportunity to view the driver taking part in the breath test. It should be noted that a driver with an MDDP can operate any vehicle with a BAIID and drive to any location. If a person is apprehended while driving a vehicle that is not equipped with a BAIID, they could face substantial fines and potential jail-time.  

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