When you are convicted of a DUI, the state of Illinois will automatically suspend your license for at least six months or up to one year, if you are a first offender. Before you can drive again, you need to complete a few things.
It can be important to remember that you are not alone. Police arrest around 1.5 million individuals each year for drunk driving. These people are also in situations where they are doing everything they can to regain their license and driving privileges.
When you fail a breath test, (BAC of .08 or more), or refuse testing, you will face a statutory summary suspension. In order to regain privileges, you will need to:
- Complete an informal hearing: A hearing officer will be able to aid in the reinstating of your license.
- Pay fees: You will need to have paid your fees from the penalty of the DUI, as well as a fee for reinstating your license.
Depending on the situation, you may not need to complete jail time. However, if your sentence does include jail time, you must have completed it before you get your license back.
If the police catch you driving with a suspended license…
There are serious consequences for driving while your license is suspended due to a DUI conviction. Illinois courts may charge you with a misdemeanor, face a prison sentence, additional fines and more time without your license.
Life after a DUI conviction can be difficult but knowing what you must do in order to regain your license can be helpful.