Illinois DUI / DWI Suspended License
Convicted of drinking and driving or drugged driving?
A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) will automatically result in revocation of the defendant's driving privileges. It is also possible for a person to lose their license if they refuse chemical testing when pulled over. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to consult an attorney while your DUI case is still pending rather than waiting until it is resolved.
Enlist the help of Johnson Law Group, where we have a team of Illinois driver's license attorneys that includes former prosecutors and police officers. Our lawyers have a proven track record of success in fighting DUI charges. We can help you avoid losing your license to a conviction in the first place, as well as representing you in a petition for reinstating your license if it has already been revoked.
Length of a DUI License Suspension or Revocation
If your blood alcohol concentration was over the legal limit of 0.08 while driving or you were found with any illegal substance in your blood, you will be subject to a statutory summary suspension. This is an automatic suspension that is effectual when 45 days have passed since the date of your suspension notice.
Depending on your offense, the suspension can last:
- Six months for a first offense
- One year for a second offense
- Three years for a third or subsequent offense
The statutory summary suspension is separate from any penalties you could receive if convicted. The criminal charges against you could result in a one year suspension for a first offense, five years for a second conviction, 10 years for a third conviction, or a lifetime license revocation for a fourth conviction.
We Can Help You Get Your License Back After a DUI Conviction
After you have served the minimum period of time for the statutory summary suspension, you may be eligible to apply for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP). The MDDP allows you to get your driving privileges back if you have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in your vehicle. If your license was revoked after a criminal conviction, you may be able to obtain a restricted driving permit, which is a hardship license that allows you to drive under limited circumstances, such as commuting to and from work and driving your children to school.
Learn more about the process and find out whether you are eligible to have your license reinstated by contacting our Illinois driver's license attorneys.
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