Do You Have a Suspended IL License?
Many people rely on their vehicle to commute to work, for grocery shopping, and for most of their day-to-day tasks. Many people do not realize how much they use their car until they are issued a driver’s license suspension. Fortunately, there are options for you. John M. Quinn & Associates, Ltd. can lend their expertise in restoring your Illinois driving privileges.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Illinois, your license may be suspended. However, the actual suspension does not begin until 46 days after the "Notice of Summary Suspension" was dated. This notice will describe the suspension as well as details about your right to drive in the interim. There are many factors that will be considered when deciding the length of the suspension.
If you are facing an IL DUI license suspension, your first option is to file a ‘Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension’, which must be filed in the same court where the DUI case will be heard. Once you receive the notice, you have 90 days to file the petition. Most Illinois counties will allow an attorney to file the petition on their client’s behalf.
Other Options for Residents with an IL Suspended Driver’s License
In addition to the petition, you may also qualify to request an MDDP permit.
The process of dealing with an IL DUI license suspension is complex. If you would like hire an experienced firm, who can help you through this process, please contact the offices of John M Quinn & Associates for a FREE 30 minute consultation today.
Our office can also assist with an IL revoked license, IL hardship license, or IL license reinstatement.
Suspended License from a DUI - What to Expect
If you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or illegal substances in IL you may face a DUI license suspension.
In addition, if arrested for DUI in Illinois, you may be subject to a statutory summary suspension of your driver’s license, even if you do not end up with a conviction. Even if you decline alcohol testing you could face a suspended license. In IL, a suspended driver’s license can be imposed for up to three years for refusal. If you do submit to testing and are found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 per cent or higher, your license may be suspended for up to one year.
The length of a DUI license suspension in IL generally depends on how many offenses you have had in the past, taken into consideration along with the rest of the circumstances of your DUI arrest.
In the case of a DUI-related suspension, you must complete an alcohol and/or drug evaluation by a Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse-licensed provider if you attend a hearing. You will be classified as minimal risk, moderate/significant risk, or high risk. Depending on your classification you must take additional measures to have your license reinstated, from a Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse-licensed remedial education class to letters confirming your participation in an alcohol or drug recovery program. All of this adds up to a lot of headaches, and possibly, a lot of problems with your everyday life. Luckily, there is something you can do to help your case.
Why and How to Choose an Attorney to Help with a Suspension of your Driver’s License
Finding an attorney to help you with your IL DUI suspended license is very important, whether you are dealing with a DUI license suspension in IL, or a suspension for another reason.
When you cannot drive, you will find that many things become more complicated. From driving children, family members, and other dependents to appointments and school, being able to get to work consistently, to simply getting around town, may become a challenge.
Many people do not know that a driver can get a hardship license, which allows people to drive in certain circumstances while suspended. To do this successfully, help from an IL lawyer for suspended license is key. He or she can explain the circumstances of your personal life and file a request, then help you through the hearing itself, as the burden of proof is on you.
An IL lawyer for a suspended license can help you have your driving rights reinstated efficiently, while ensuring that you are following the correct process to do so. An attorney can advise you on how to proceed through a reinstatement hearing without causing unnecessary problems with a criminal DUI trial in the future, protecting your legal rights.
Even if you do not intend to ask for your license to be reinstated prior to your trial, it is equally important to have qualified legal advice and representation during your criminal case.
To find an attorney, you can start by asking family and friends for recommendations, or search online for a lawyer handling license suspension in IL.
Most attorneys offer an opportunity for consultation prior to committing to representation. This is a good chance to learn more about your potential lawyer. Ask questions about his or her experience with IL DUI license suspension cases, and talk about what your ideal outcome is for your driving privileges. Once he or she knows the details of your case, your potential attorney can advise you about what may happen in your personal situation.
The outcome of a license reinstatement or RDP hearing can have a huge and lasting impact on your life. It makes sense to go through this process armed with the best help you can, from professionals who have been through the courts before and know how to get the most fair and balanced outcome for their clients. When you have legal representation, you are more likely to be satisfied with the results of your case.
If you would like more information, please contact the offices of John M Quinn & Associates. We offer a FREE 30-minute consultation. You can fill out our online form or call (888) 567-5298.