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Actions That Could Result in a Suspension of Your Illinois Driver’s License

 Posted on January 31, 2017 in Driver's License Suspension and Revocation

Illinois criminal defense lawyerDriving is a privilege, not a right, and certain actions can cause you to lose that privilege. In some instances, the loss may be temporary (license suspension). In others, it may be revoked or cancelled. Learn what these actions are, and how you can fight against a suspension or revocation of your Illinois driver’s license.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or certain prescription drugs can result in criminal charges. It can also result in a suspension of your driving privileges for a term of one year or longer, depending on your number of convictions. For drivers under the age of 21, any level of alcohol or drugs in the system can result in suspension. Adults can lose their driving privileges for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.8 or higher, or for having drugs in their system.

Moving Violations for Young Drivers

Teens and young drivers under the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program have to worry about more than just intoxicated driving. They must also be diligent in avoiding citations for certain moving violations and charges for certain criminal offenses.

Failure to Pay Child Support

Under the Family Financial Responsibility Law, a driver may lose his or her driving privilege for failing to pay child support. In some instances, the driver may be able to request a special permit that allows them to driver to and from work, or to receive medical treatment, but such provisions are fairly rare. Those that settle their child support matters within 60 days of notice may be able to avoid suspension.

Traffic and Parking Violations

Failure to pay fines related to a traffic violation or parking violation can result in an automatic suspension of a driver’s license. To get it reinstated, the fines would need to be paid in full. Further, the driver may be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the courts to have the suspension on their license lifted.

Failure to Pay Fines and Toll Violations

Failure to pay fines related to court-related matters, or any failure pay on five or more toll violations or evasions, can also result in a suspension of a driver’s license. To get it reinstated, the fines must be paid. One may also be subject to a reinstatement fee.

Fighting Back Against a Suspension or Revocation of Your License

If you or someone you love is facing a suspension or revocation of your license, it is critical that you take swift and immediate action. Most suspensions go active within just a short time of your notice, and once your license has been suspended or revoked, there could be extra fees involved. Contact Stephen A. Brundage, Attorney at Law, for assistance. Our experienced DuPage County criminal law attorney offers personalized consultations to those in and around Chicago. Call 630-260-9647 to schedule yours today.


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