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Joliet DUI defense attorneysLearning how to drive is a rite of passage for most people. A driver’s license comes with the responsibility to uphold the rules of the road and drive safely. However, that is not always the case, and a driver can face serious consequences for breaking the law. There are several reasons why a motorist may have his or her driver’s license taken away. Actions such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) or reckless driving can lead to a license suspension or revocation depending on the circumstances. Unfortunately, driver’s license reinstatement can be a long and complicated process. That is why it is best to seek professional legal counsel to represent you. 

Steps to Take to Get Your License Back

Reinstating your driver’s license after it was revoked is not as simple as paying a fine. The process for license reinstatement depends on why your license was revoked in the first place, in addition to other factors, such as your driving history. In Illinois, the Secretary of State’s office oversees vehicle registration and driver licensing authority, including reinstatements. The SOS Office will assess your case, and you will need to attend an SOS hearing and prove that you are not a danger to others on the road. 

Taking the following actions will help you recover your driving privileges in cases of a DUI:

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Joliet DUI defense attorneyDriving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense in Illinois. Regardless if it is a first DUI or a repeat or aggravated DUI charge, the consequences are significant if convicted. Penalties can include jail time, steep fines, and/or suspended license. Upon conviction of DUI, the guilty party will have a mandatory revocation of his or her driver’s license. If a person’s license is revoked, it can impact his or her life significantly, especially if he or she does not have an alternate mode of transportation to get to and from work. This penalty is not permanent; however, as it is possible for an offender to have his or her driver’s license reinstated after a period of time and after certain conditions are met.    

What Is an Administrative Hearing?

A conviction of DUI will result in an administrative revocation of the offender’s driving privileges, effective immediately by the Illinois Secretary Of State (SOS). The driver may contest the revocation through an administrative hearing by filing a motion in court. The content of the hearing will include the following:

  • Whether or not the person was actually arrested for DUI;
  • Whether the arresting officer had reasonable cause to believe the arrestee was operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated;
  • Whether the person refused to submit to chemical testing after being read his or her rights; or if the test showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher;
  • Whether the person was warned by the officer that his or her license would be suspended or revoked due to refusal to submit to testing; and
  • If the driver’s license was revoked, whether or not the person was involved in a car accident that resulted in the death or personal injury of another person.

What Is a Restricted Driving Permit?

In some cases, a restricted driving permit could be issued depending on the offense and if the person can show a hardship. Hardships can include needing to go to work to support his or her family or go to doctor appointments or alcohol abuse treatment centers on a regular basis. However, the revocation cannot be reduced or modified, and a person convicted of DUI may have to complete additional requirements to receive a restricted driving permit, such as attending a drug/alcohol abuse program. 

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