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Understanding License Suspensions and Revocations in Illinois 

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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. 

Regaining Your Driving Privileges 

When your license has been suspended or revoked, it is critically important not to drive. In the state of Illinois, driving with a suspended or revoked license constitutes a Class A misdemeanor charge. Fortunately, in some cases, you may be able to regain your driving privileges in some capacity during the duration of the revocation or suspension. For instance, a first-time DUI offender can reinstate their driving privileges through securing a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). In order to secure an MDDP, the driver must equip their vehicle with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). For more information on the possibility of regaining your driving privileges, speak with an attorney. 

Contact an Oak Brook License Suspension Attorney 

At McMahon Law Offices, our team is dedicated to helping our clients avoid serious convictions. If you are facing the possibility of having your license revoked or suspended, we will do everything we can to have the charges dropped. If a conviction is unavoidable, we will guide you through the process of regaining your driving privileges in some capacity. To schedule a free consultation with a DuPage County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-4400.


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