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The Difference Between A Suspended License And Revoked License
posted on 7/7/24

A suspended license is very different from a revoked license. By reviewing what sets the two apart and speaking with a Schaumburg DUI defense attorney, you will have a much easier time regaining your driving privileges.

What Is A Suspended License?

A suspended license in Illinois is a license that has been suspended for a set period of time.

For example, if someone has their license suspended for a year, right after this suspension period ends, they can pay a reinstatement fee to regain their driving privileges.

Some suspended licenses come with other conditions for reinstatement, such filing paperwork with the Illinois Secretary of State to satisfy them that the basis of the suspension has been addressed.

What Is A Revoked License?

A revoked license is a license that cannot be used for at least one year and does not automatically terminate at the end of the period.  The revocation goes on indefinitely until certain action is taken with the Illinois Secretary of State to reinstate the license. If no action is taken, the license never is returned to active status,  

The exact length of a license revocation depends on the violation that led to it and, in turn, the number of previous violations prior to the license being revoked within that instance.

Right after the license revocation period concludes, the person whose license was revoked must appear before the Secretary of the State for a hearing.

If the license revocation hearing goes well, then the person whose license was revoked will be able to regain their driving privileges. 

On the other hand, if the hearing is unsuccessful, then the person whose license was revoked will not be able to regain their driving privileges. 

Even though regaining one’s driving privileges is possible, it is very uncommon. For this reason, if you have had your license revoked and want to reinstate it, you must work with an experienced attorney.

What Is The Difference Between A Suspended License And A Revoked License?

The difference between a suspended license and a revoked license is as follows: a suspended license will be reinstated after a set period of time passes and a fine has been paid. In contrast, a revoked license can only be reinstated after a hearing with the Secretary of State.

Every single one of these differences is significant.

If your license has been suspended, then legal assistance may help expedite the suspension.  On the other hand, though, if your license has been revoked, you will need legal assistance to regain your privileges.

How Can You Get Your Revoked License Back?

The best way to get your revoked license back is to work with an experienced attorney.

An experienced attorney will go over the facts of your license revocation. By doing so, they will be able to address the reason why your license was revoked in a manner that the Secretary of State finds convincing.

Even though you can go to your license revocation hearing without an attorney, you should not. The main reason for this is as follows: these hearings are complex. Missing even one piece of paper or answering one question wrong will end with a denial.

Get Qualified Legal Help

If you need representation for a license reinstatement, Glasgow & Olsson is uniquely qualified to help you. 

Our team has helped thousands of people who have been charged with crimes in Illinois. When we take cases, we do so to win. This means we take cases to trial. We don’t arrange plea bargains unless it is in the best interest of our clients. As proactive lawyers, we fight aggressively and support our clients throughout their entire case, including appeals. Protecting your life and freedom is always the goal, and with our decades of experience practicing law, we know how to get results. This is why we are regularly invited to appear as a legal contributor on popular radio and news outlets, including ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and Fox NEWS.

When you need an attorney, experience matters. Speak with a Schaumburg traffic violation defense attorney today to learn how our experience can get you the results you deserve.