Suspended Driver’s License

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For certain traffic offenses and other violations, the court might decide to suspend your driver’s license, either temporarily or permanently. This suspension can affect a person’s life severely if they depend on their license to work or do important errands. If your license has been suspended, it is best to hire an attorney to review your driving background and attempt to reinstate your driving privileges.

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Reasons for Suspension

Your license could be suspended for many reasons, including the following:

  • Conviction of 3 or more traffic offenses within a year
  • Repeatedly involved in collisions
  • Caused an accident resulting in injury or death
  • Drove with a suspended or revoked license
  • Fled from a police officer
  • Committed crimes while in control of a vehicle
  • Committed reckless homicide with a vehicle
  • Conviction of a DUI
  • Fled the scene of an accident
  • Failed to pay a certain number of parking tickets
  • Failed to pay or evaded tolls
  • Delinquent in child support payments
  • Violated SR-22
  • Failed to have car insurance
  • Failed to have proper car insurance
  • Had 3 or more convictions over the age of 21


To reinstate your license, you will have to attend an informal or formal meeting with a Secretary of State (SOS) hearing officer. The officer will assess your eligibility and guide you toward further action, including a trial. The hearing will result in the restoration of your driving privileges, the granting of a restricted driver permit, or the denial of your driving privileges.

You could get an informal hearing if your driver’s license was suspended for an offense that didn’t involve a fatality, a single DUI offense, or penalties handed down for minor moving violations. However, you will require a formal hearing if your license was suspended for an offense involving a fatality or multiple DUI offenses.

Driving on a Suspended License

If people decide to forgo the hearing, or their reinstatement was denied, they might choose to drive despite not having an official license. If they are caught doing this, they will be charged with a petty offense, a Class A misdemeanor, or a felony, depending on the situation. Most cases of this nature result in a Class A misdemeanor, which can include a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail. A petty offense will result in no more than a fine of $500. A felony, however, will lead to a fine of up to $25,000 and might include prison sentences depending on the class of felony.

Hire an Experienced Attorney Today

For some people, driver’s licenses are essential to day-to-day living. If yours has been suspended or revoked, let Ahmad Law Firm take a look at your case. Our skilled Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyers do their best to treat our clients with respect as we work aggressively to defend their rights. Trust us with your case today.

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