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Getting Your Revoked Illinois License Reinstated

Posted on behalf of Donahue & Walsh, P.C. | July 12, 2021

Getting your revoked Illinois driver’s license reinstated is no easy feat, and requires the services of an Illinois traffic ticket lawyer. Why? Because the process is confusing, at best, and fraught with potential pitfalls. An experienced Illinois traffic ticket attorney knows of these pitfalls, can advise you how to avoid them, and can guide you through the entire reinstatement process.

Suspended or Revoked?

First, you need to determine whether your license is suspended or revoked. Your reinstatement process will differ accordingly.

If your license is suspended, your suspension period is clearly defined, such as three months, six months, 12 months, etc. Suspension can occur for such reasons as the following:

  • Receiving too many traffic tickets within a 12-month period
  • Failing to pay the fine associated with one or more of these tickets
  • Failing to appear in court when required
  • Receiving a Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) conviction
  • Undergoing a recent DUI arrest

On the other hand, if your license is revoked, it’s revoked for an indefinite period. Revocation can occur for such reasons as the following:

  • Receiving a DUI conviction
  • Receiving an aggravated fleeing and eluding conviction
  • Receiving a street or drag racing conviction
  • Receiving a felony conviction involving the use of a motor vehicle
  • Receiving a large number of traffic convictions

Secretary of State Hearing

To get your Illinois revoked license reinstated, you will have to petition the Illinois Secretary of State, which requires a formal hearing. You will also need an updated Drug and Alcohol Evaluation if your license was revoked due to a DUI.

Keep in mind, however, that you cannot have a hearing if you have any current traffic or driving-related criminal charges pending against you. Consequently, if you get new traffic charges filed against you while waiting for your reinstatement eligibility date, you now have a current case which nullifies your original eligibility date.

Whether your license is suspended or revoked, your best strategy for getting it reinstated is to contact Donahue & Walsh, P.C. We provide effective representation tailored to the unique details of your case. Contact us today.

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