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Illinois DMV License Suspension Process

Think about how often you rely on your driver’s license to get you where you need to go: driving to work or job interviews, driving to doctor’s appointments, driving to important family events, driving to meet friends, even driving your kids to school. Losing your driver’s license could result in you spending hundreds of dollars you can’t afford on cabs or Uber trips to get where you need to go, or even result in you losing your job. Being able to drive might be a luxury you can’t afford to lose. Don’t risk your job because of a suspended or revoked license. Speak with the dedicated and knowledgeable Illinois criminal defense attorney John Fairman for a consultation on your issues.

License suspensions or revocations imposed for numerous reasons

While most people think that your license can only be suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there are many reasons that your driver’s license might be suspended or revoked in Illinois. These can include:

  • Failing to appear by neglecting to pay a traffic citation
  • Falling behind on paying court-ordered child support
  • Incurring five or more tollway violations or evasions
  • Not complying with auto emissions test requirements

Hearings may be formal or informal

If you’ve had your license suspended or revoked, whether due to criminal charges or other reasons, you’ll need to attend either an informal or formal hearing to have your driving privileges reinstated. But first, you’ll need to meet the eligibility criteria for such a hearing, including waiting for the expiration of any suspension period, completing a drug or alcohol education program, and proving that you have a clear driving record. While first-time DUI offenders and those facing suspensions for non-criminal reasons can have their license reinstated with an informal hearing at the DMV, those who have been convicted of two or more DUIs or who have been involved in an accident resulting in a fatality will need to attend a formal hearing before the Illinois Secretary of State.

A skilled attorney can help you get your driving privileges back

Many Illinois drivers with a suspended or revoked license have found it invaluable to have legal representation at their reinstatement hearings. Chicago criminal defense attorney John Fairman has been helping Illinois residents regain their driving privileges for decades. His vast experience means that he’s familiar with outcomes for people in a situation similar to yours, and knows what you should expect to receive in your case. This knowledge of both how other cases are handled and of the laws themselves strengthens his ability to craft a persuasive argument in your case before the Secretary of State.

Help is Available for Illinois DMV License Suspensions

Seek experienced legal assistance to help you clear your name and regain your driving privileges in Illinois, and contact Chicago area criminal defense attorney John Fairman for a consultation at 708-799-4848 in Homewood, or 708-960-4806 in Bridgeview.

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