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Joliet Lawyer for Driving With a Suspended License

Driving on Suspended License

Revoked License Defense Attorney in Will County

At the Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C., we represent the interests of clients who have been charged with driving illegally on a suspended or revoked driver's license. Driving while a license is suspended (DWLS) or revoked (DWLR) is never a good idea, but in some cases, a person could have their license suspended or revoked without their knowledge. If you are facing charges related to driving on a suspended or revoked license, our experienced team can provide the skilled guidance you need.

Plainfield Counsel for Suspended and Revoked Driving Privileges

Under Illinois law, your driver's license can be suspended for accumulating more than three moving violations in a 12-month period. You could also face a license suspension for failing or refusing a BAC test upon being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). While these two are the most common ways to have your driving privileges suspended, there are many others, including but not limited to:

  • Failure to appear in court or unpaid traffic citations.
  • Conviction on criminal charges that involve the use of your vehicle, such as fleeing from police.
  • Leaving the scene of a car accident.
  • Failure to make child support payments as ordered by the court.

There are several important differences between a suspension of your driving privileges and a revocation. The biggest difference is that a suspension is generally intended to last for a predetermined period of time. When that time passes, your privileges may be restored after you pay a reinstatement fee. A revocation, by comparison, may be set for a minimum amount of time—such as one year for a first DUI conviction—but is indefinite and will last until you go through the reinstatement process set by the Illinois Secretary of State.

Driving While License Suspended or Revoked in Illinois

If you have not been approved for a driving relief program that allows you to drive legally during your suspension or revocation, getting behind the wheel while your license is suspended or revoked is a criminal offense. Unlike a moving violation, which usually results in simple fines, a conviction on charges of driving while suspended or revoked will result in penalties that could include jail time and additional time added to the suspension or revocation.

Most cases that involve driving while a license is suspended or revoked are handled as Class A misdemeanors. The charges and penalties may vary, however, based on the driver's history and the reason for the original suspension. For example, if your license was revoked for a conviction on charges of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI causing a death, any future charge for driving on a revoked license is a Class 4 felony.

Bolingbrook Lawyer Fighting for You

When you are facing charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, you need a lawyer who not only knows the law but also how it applies to your unique situation. Attorney Eric J. Blatti and his team are prepared to fully investigate the circumstances of your case and to help you explore your available options. We may be able to clear the suspension or revocation before you need to appear in court on the driving while license suspended or revoked charge. In some cases, cleaning up your driving history could lead to the full dismissal of the charges against you.

If you have been charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, contact our office. Call 815-744-2500 to schedule a free, confidential consultation at the Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C. today. Our firm represents clients in Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Lockport, Will County, and the surrounding areas.

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