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What can you do if your license is suspended or revoked?

There are quite a few reasons that driving licenses can be suspended or revoked in Illinois. Losing your license no doubt places heavy burdens on you, as you may have trouble getting to work or taking your children to school. Luckily, you have options to regain driving privileges or reinstate your license altogether.

Request a hearing

Whether your license has been suspended or revoked, you should consult legal counsel because, depending on the situation, you may be able to resolve your situation by going back to court, which is usually quicker than dealing with the Illinois Secretary of State's office. If you do need a hearing, there are many nuances that an experienced attorney can assist you with.

At any Secretary of State hearing, you will need to prove that you are eligible for relief and able to drive safely. For example, if your license was revoked due to DUI offenses, you will need to complete the appropriate alcohol rehabilitation program, serve the hearing officer with all the original documents, and give your testimony regarding your history and rehabilitation. Some people are required t complete a Restricted Driver's License period of time with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in their car.

What is a restricted permit?

If you are unable to get your full driving privileges back, a restricted permit is a good option to pursue. It allows you to drive to certain places, such as your workplace, six days a week, twelve hours a day. This can make your life easier as you wait out your suspension/revocation period or work toward getting a license reinstated. As stressful as losing your license may be, you have options to regain driving privileges.

Get legal representation

It is wise, and even crucial, to seek a skilled attorney after losing your license. He or she knows the best methods in these situations and what approach will likely be the most successful for you. In some cases, it is possible to fight your charges and have them dropped altogether, allowing you to keep your license. Other times, you may be able to obtain a restricted permit. Preparation for your hearing is key so you want to make sure you have a professional guiding you on what to do and expect next.

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