Driving While Suspended

Driving without a license in Illinois

If you have lost your license in Illinois due to a DUI, multiple moving violations, or any other reason, it can cause an extreme hardship. Some people who have their driver’s license suspended or revoked feel as though they have no choice but to continue driving, at least occasionally. However, being caught driving without a valid license in Illinois is a serious offense that can result in jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. If you’ve been cited for driving with a suspended license or driving while your license is revoked in Will County, contact a Joliet criminal lawyer who has experience handling driver’s license cases.

Illinois Penalties for Driving With a Suspended or Revoked License

The charge you face for driving without a license depends on the circumstances of your citation, the reason you lost your license in the first place, and your driving record. Some Illinois residents lose their license due to a DUI conviction or refusal to take a breathalyzer test, while others could have their license revoked due to simply having unpaid parking tickets. The most serious driving while suspended charge in Illinois is a Class 4 felony. If convicted of this crime, you could be sentenced to up to three years in prison. Minimally, a driving on a suspended license ticket can result in significant fines, and your driver’s license suspension being extended for an even longer period.

Will County Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you have your license suspended in Illinois, you may automatically regain driving privileges when your suspension period is over—assuming any reinstatement fee is paid. However, if you’ve had your driver’s license revoked, there is no automatic reinstatement. To get your driver’s license back after a revocation in Illinois, or obtain restricted driving privileges (RDP,) you’ll need to attend a hearing at an Illinois Secretary of State office where you’ll be have to prove that you are no longer a risk to others on the road. Illinois’ driving relief laws are complicated, and if you’re applying for driver’s license reinstatement in Illinois, it’s best to hire a skilled Joliet driver’s license reinstatement lawyer.

At The Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C., we represent clients who are facing a license suspension or revocation in Illinois, as well as those who want to get their license back following a revocation. Contact our experienced Will County driver’s license suspension law firm to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. 

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