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The Implications of Driving with a Suspended License 

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The Implications of Driving with a Suspended LicenseIn the state of Illinois, there are a number of traffic violations that can result in a license suspension or revocation. A driver can lose their license due to failing to pay tickets or child support or failing to show up to a court date. Yet, the most common reason for a license suspension or revocation is a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to Illinois state law, a first-time DUI conviction constitutes a Class A Misdemeanor and a one-year license revocation period. If a person is caught driving with a suspended license, the legal ramifications can be significant. Below we will take a deeper look at the aforementioned consequences. 

The Legal Ramifications of a First Offense

Driving with a suspended or revoked license is always a risky proposition. In Illinois, a first-time offender will likely be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, which can result in:

  • 10 days in prison or 30 days of community service; and
  • Fines as high as $2,500.

The license suspension or revocation will also be increased due to the transgression. For DUI offenders driving on a revoked license, their revocation period will likely be increased by a year. If you are charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, speak with your attorney immediately. 

Additional Offenses

If you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license a second time, the consequences increase significantly in severity. First and foremost, a conviction is a Class 4 felony, which will result in a minimum of 30 days in prison and a doubling of your suspension or additional year added to a revocation period. For drivers that initially lost their privileges due to a serious traffic offense, such as a DUI, they will be charged with a Class 2 felony. Outside of the initial fines and potential jail time, a felony charge can impact a person’s ability to secure housing or employment opportunities. 

Contact a DuPage County Suspended License Attorney

Losing your driving privileges can present challenges to any person’s life. At McMahon Law Offices, we understand the way in which a suspension or revocation can impact one’s life. Recognizing the implications of losing one’s driving privileges, we are dedicated to helping our clients avoid suspensions or reinstate their license. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Oak Brook, Illinois, criminal defense lawyer, call us today at 630-953-4400. 

Sources

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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