Experienced Waukegan Suspended Driver’s License Attorney
For many, the importance of a driver’s license cannot be overstated. You drive to get to work, to drop the kids off at school, to go grocery shopping, and more. It may be hard to envision what your life would look like without a driver’s license. If you were arrested for a DUI offense or accumulated too many tickets, and your license is on the line, reach out to The Jordan Law Firm. Our lawyer Anisa Jordan is a knowledgeable Waukegan driver’s license lawyer with extensive experience helping her clients regain their ability to drive. With her help, you can contest the suspension or revocation of your licenses in hopes of getting back on the road and getting your life back on track.
What Leads to Driver’s License Suspensions and Revocations?
Largely in response to increasing DUI arrests, the Illinois Secretary of State has adopted a hardline approach to driver’s license suspensions and revocations. Below are a few of the situations in which the Secretary of State will suspend or revoke your license.
If you are over 21 years old and get three moving violations in a 12-month period, the Secretary of State will suspend your license. Unlike other states that rely on a point-based system to determine when to suspend your driving privileges, Illinois uses points to determine the length of the suspension. The more serious the traffic offense, the more points it carries. For example, if a police officer stops you for going ten miles per hour over the speed limit, the ticket carries five points. However, a speeding ticket for going 20 miles per hour over the limit carries 20 points.
Drivers under 21 can only get two traffic tickets within a 24-month period before facing a license suspension. And, if you were to get a third moving violation before you turn 21, your license will automatically be suspended again.
Chemical Test Refusals
Illinois has an implied consent law when it comes to chemical testing. This means that when police ask you to take a breath or blood test after arresting you for a DUI offense, it is presumed you will agree. If you do not agree to the test (or you fail the test), your driver’s license will be suspended. This is even the case if you are ultimately acquitted of the underlying drunk driving offense. This is referred to as a summary suspension.
If it is your first chemical test refusal, you will face a 12-month suspension. However, if you have a DUI conviction or another summary suspension in the past five years, the Secretary of State will suspend your license for three years.
Illinois takes drunk driving very seriously. In fact, Illinois has one of the lowest rates of DUI offenses, in part because the state imposes incredibly strict punishments for drunk drivers. If you are convicted of a DUI, you will face a driver’s license suspension. The duration of the suspension will depend on whether you have any prior DUIs, either in Illinois or in any other state.
- First offense – a suspension for a minimum of one year.
- Second offense – a suspension for a minimum of five years.
- Thirds offense – a suspension for a minimum of ten years.
- Fourth offense – lifetime driver’s license revocation.
However, if you qualify for and accept court supervision instead of pleading guilty or taking the case to trial, you will not face any license suspension. An experienced Waukegan driver’s license attorney can help you understand your options and increase your chances of keeping your license after a DUI arrest.
Are You Facing a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License?
If you were arrested for a DUI, refused a chemical test, or accrued too many moving violations, your driving privileges are in jeopardy. However, there are defenses to traffic violations and DUIs. There are also administrative remedies that may allow you to regain your driver’s license. Attorney Anisa Jordan is a dedicated Waukegan driver’s license lawyer who has helped countless clients facing a lengthy suspension regain their driving privileges.
Our skilled lawyer Anisa Jordan also represents clients facing the following criminal charges:
- DUI Defense
- Traffic Violations
- Assault & Battery
- Identity Theft
- Drug Crimes
- Gun Crimes
- DCFS Appeals
- Record Expungement & Sealing
To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, call 224-340-6522 or contact our Waukegan driver’s license attorney through our online form.