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Driver’s License Revocation Protection After a DUI

If you are arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois, you will face a civil DUI case, in addition to your criminal DUI case. The civil case is not against you personally, but against your driver’s license. At Glasgow & Olsson in Schaumburg, Illinois, we can take immediate steps to protect your ability to drive. Do not risk your driver’s license by waiting to take action. Contact us at 847.577.8700 today for a free consultation to discuss your case with a member of our firm.

Driving in Illinois

When you drive on Illinois roads, you have given consent for the state to administer a breathalyzer test if you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving (DUI). If you fail the test or refuse to take it, the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend your driver’s license for a period of time ranging from three months to three years, depending upon a series of factors, including your blood alcohol level (BAC), your prior arrests, and your breathalyzer refusal. This civil case is called a statutory summary suspension.

Your Driver’s License is in Jeopardy

If you do not challenge the arrest, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended 46 days after your arrest. Moreover, if you are arrested for driving while your driver’s license is suspended, you will be charged with a felony and face mandatory jail time upon conviction.

Do Not Hesitate to Contact a Lawyer

If you contact our lawyers soon after your arrest, we can file a petition to rescind the statutory civil suspension. This petition will allow you to contest the issue of whether or not you were legally placed under arrest for DUI, and/or whether you had the required blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. If you refused the breathalyzer test, we can challenge whether you were given proper warnings by the arresting officer. If we are successful, the statutory suspension will be rescinded. Even if we are not successful in getting the statutory suspension rescinded, our lawyers will nevertheless have an opportunity to cross-examine the arresting officer. This will help us prepare your criminal DUI defense.

Retaining Some Driving Privileges

In the event your license is suspended, you will be unable to drive for at least 30 days. After this time, our lawyers can assist you in applying for a judicial driving permit, allowing you to drive to and from work, to and from school, and to and from medical facilities. Please note, that at the end of your suspension, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee for your driver’s license to the Illinois Secretary of State.

Get in Touch With Us

We want to hear about your case to see how we can help you. Contact an attorney at our Schaumburg law office to schedule a your initial consultation. Se habla español. Please call 847.577.8700. We handle suspended license and DUI cases for clients throughout Chicago, Illinois, and the surrounding suburban areas.

Thomas Glasgow tried thousands of DUI cases as both a Cook County prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He is the author and instructor for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education course on aggravated or felony DUI for other attorneys, prosecutors, and judges.