Reinstating your Illinois Driver's License After the Suspension
If your Illinois driver's license has been suspended due to a DUI or traffic offense, it will be reinstated after the suspension period has elapsed. However, if your license was revoked (which happens if you have been convicted of DUI), there is no automatic reinstatement. Your license can only be reinstated following a formal administrative hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State's office (also known as a Secretary of State hearing).
At our Cook County law firm, defense lawyer John W. Callahan will represent you at this hearing to help get your driver's license reinstated as quickly as possible.
To have your driver's license reinstated, you need to prove to the Secretary of State's office that your alcohol treatment program has been successful, that you will be a safe and responsible driver in the state of Illinois, and that you are no longer a danger to the public safety. You will be required to describe your entire drinking history, and everything you say has to be both believable and consistent with what you told your alcohol evaluator during your treatment program. You will be asked more than 100 questions, and if you are not prepared to give the right answers, you probably will lose.
Fewer than 10 percent of the people who represent themselves at these administrative hearings with the Secretary of State's office are successful in their first attempt. With a lawyer's assistance, the odds are in your favor. Driver's license reinstatement attorneys John W. Callahan, Ltd. have helped 80 percent of our clients get their driver's licenses back at their first administrative hearing.
Driving with a revoked license is a very serious offense. The first offense is 10 days in jail. If you have multiple offenses of driving with a revoked license, you will be charged with a felony punishable by at least one year in jail.
Illinois lawyers John W. Callahan, Ltd. also represent people at their Illinois driver's license suspension hearing.
Protecting Your Driving Privileges
That is how long after a DUI arrest that the state of Illinois automatically suspends your driver's license if there is no motion made to try to stop it. The suspension will be for between 6 months and 12 months for a first offender and 12 months to 3 years for a repeat offender. For many clients, the threat of losing their license for even one day is worse than any other aspect of a DUI case.
What We Do for You
One thing that repeatedly separates Mike Norris and John Callahan from other lawyers is that they take every possible step to beat this suspension. They file the proper motions immediately upon being retained - this can stop the 46 day suspension clock from working against you and against the State. They subpoena the video and audio dispatch tapes to ensure that all discovery is preserved and protected for your defense.
Rather than let the suspension automatically go into effect, Mike and John will file the necessary motions to stop it. If you contact Michael T. Norris and John W. Callahan immediately after your arrest, they can file the motions that put a 30 day clock against the State. If the State or local prosecutor does not give you a hearing on those motions within 30 days or the first court date, they will not be able to suspend your license at all – most importantly, you will not lose your ability to drive and the suspension will be taken off your record.
If you bury your head in the sand and take no action to defend yourself after being arrested for DUI, your license will be suspended. If you take aggressive action immediately to fight the suspension, the results are often very positive. You can't win unless you put yourself in a position to win. That is why it is so important to contact us right away.
At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we fight driver's license suspension. Our lawyers know from experience that the first few days after an arrest are the most critical, so we encourage you to get in touch with us as immediately.
As soon as you enlist us, we will get started. We will file the documents immediately (often the same day as we are retained) to demand a hearing to fight against driver's license suspension. Our team understands how important it is for you to keep your driver's license. Oftentimes, your career depends on your ability to drive. We know that you use your driving privileges on a daily basis to get to the places you need to go. Our goal is clear: to give you the best chance to beat your suspension, period.
As experienced defense lawyers, Mike Norris and John Callahan can handle any driver's license suspension matter. We can also stand beside people who are threatened with the suspension of a commercial driver's license (CDL). These cases are handled somewhat differently, taking place in front of the Illinois Secretary of State in either Chicago or Springfield.
Our team is ready to put decades of experience to work for people in DuPage County, Kane County, and the surrounding parts of Illinois.
Free Case Evaluation: Contact an Illinois driver's license reinstatement lawyer at our law firm today.