Caught Driving Without a License in Illinois?
People rely on their ability to drive from one place to another. When that ability is taken away because of driver's license suspension or revocation due to DUI charges or multiple traffic convictions, it can make life very difficult. Overcoming that difficulty by driving while suspended or revoked can be very tempting. Unfortunately, if you give in to that temptation and are caught, the consequences can be serious — driving on a suspended or revoked license that is based off of a DUI is often a mandatory jailable offense. The attorneys at the law offices of John W. Callahan, Ltd. can help you fight them.
To speak within minutes with an experienced lawyer about your charge of driving while your license was suspended or revoked, call us at 1-877-335-6697 today. You can also e-mail us.
In Chicago, Schaumburg and the surrounding parts of Illinois, people turn to John W. Callahan, Ltd. for aggressive criminal defense representation. We make a point of intelligently examining every nook and cranny of a case to find as many opportunities as possible to help our client overcome the charges they are facing.
We know that the consequences for driving while suspended or revoked can be serious, especially if you are already dealing with DUI charges. The obvious penalty is further extension of your driver's license suspension or revocation. But if you were speeding or breaking other laws, you could be faced with mandatory jail time.
The police typically have little sympathy for your need to drive; they are on the streets looking for people to pull over. It only takes an officer a matter of seconds to run your plates and discover that you are driving while under a suspended or revoked license. In many cases, they may discover it when pulling you over for something else, such as speeding, failure to obey a stop light or even drunk driving.
You Can Fight Back
No matter how you were arrested, our lawyers are ready to protect your rights. Don't give up, because with an aggressive defense there is hope.
Defense Against Charges of Driving With No License
When a person's driving privileges are taken away, life can get challenging. It can be very tempting to overcome the challenges by driving with a revoked or suspended license. While this may seem harmless, it is a crime, and the consequences can be severe. Driving on a suspended or revoked license that is based off of a DUI is often a mandatory jailable offense.
If you have been faced with suspension or revocation of your driver's license due to DUI charges or for multiple traffic convictions and you have been caught driving afterwards, the attorneys at the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. & John W. Callahan, Ltd. can help. We serve clients in DuPage County, Kane County, and the surrounding parts of Illinois.
Clients turn to us because Mike Norris and John Callahan have years of experience and are willing to dig deep, looking in every nook and cranny of a case in search of opportunities that could help you get through this unscathed.
When you drive with a revoked or suspended license, you are running a risk. A law enforcement officer only needs a matter of seconds to run your plates and pull you over. Maybe you were just trying to get to work or pick up your child at school., but the police have little sympathy. If you were also speeding or breaking other laws, it just makes it that much easier for them.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fight
That doesn't mean you can't fight. You can, and our lawyers can help. The consequences for driving with a suspended license or a revoked license can be serious. If they come in tandem with drunk driving charges, they can be even more serious. Of course, you will be faced with extension of your suspension or revocation. In addition, you may be looking at mandatory jail time. Our job is to pursue every opportunity to prevent these consequences. Take heart, because, with an aggressive defense, there is hope.
Caught Driving on a Suspended License in DuPage County?
Driving while your license is suspended is not a simple traffic ticket. It is a criminal offense, sometimes a felony. If the suspension was for DUI, a conviction may carry mandatory jail time. The suspension will be extended, and a hardship permit is off the table. Your vehicle can be impounded and forfeited. The list of penalties and consequences goes on and on.
You need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer with knowledge of DUI laws and experience defending driver's license violations. The attorneys of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. have a well-deserved reputation for winning "unwinnable" cases, including the offense of driving while suspended or revoked after a DUI.
There are opportunities to fight this. Call us at 1-877-335-6693 for skilled defense in DuPage County or Kane County, Illinois.
Driving While Suspended for DUI Is a Crime
A first conviction for driving while license suspended (DWLS) or driving while license revoked (DWLR) is a class A misdemeanor. The penalties for conviction are up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine, with a minimum sentence of 10 days in jail. Your suspension/revocation period will be increased and you will have a criminal record. You will not be eligible for an MDDP or hardship permit.
A second offense of DWLS or DWLR can be charged as a class A misdemeanor or a Class 4 felony (punishable by one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000). If convicted, the mandatory minimum sentence is 30 days in jail. Your driving privileges will be revoked for several years, followed by a very tough reinstatement process to get your license back.
Experienced DUI and License Suspension Defense Lawyers
Our goal is to keep clients out of jail, avoid a criminal record and retain driving privileges. We have achieved notable results in DUI defense: dismissals and favorable outcomes on the criminal charges, victories in court challenges of license suspension, and successes in Secretary of State license reinstatement hearings.