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Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

The defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. frequently represent clients charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license (DWLS) in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois.

Criminal Penalties

Many people assume incorrectly that driving on a suspended or revoked license is similar to any other petty traffic offense. In reality, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense and can result in serious consequences. This offense is typically charged under Section 6-303 of the Illinois Vehicle Code as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 364 days in jail and $2,500 fine plus court costs.

Under certain circumstances, driving on suspended or revoked may be charged as a felony with more severe penalties. If your license was suspended or revoked for DUI, a first conviction of driving on a suspended or revoked license carries a minimum 10 days in jail or 30 days (240 hours) of community service.

A second violation for driving on a license that was suspended or revoked for driving under the influence can be charged as a Class 4 felony. A conviction for a second offense carries a potential sentence of 1-3 in the Illinois Department of Corrections and a fine not to exceed $25,000. The mandatory minimum punishment for a second offense requires 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service.

Driving without a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) that has been issued to you, driving on a license that was revoked for reckless homicide, and subsequent violations of this law all carry additional penalties.

Driver's License Consequences

If you are convicted of driving on a suspended license, the Secretary of State will extend your suspension for the same length of time as your original suspension. If your suspension has already expired, the Secretary of State will re-suspend your driving privileges for the same length of time as your original suspension.

If you are convicted of driving on a revoked license, the Secretary of State will not consider the reinstatement of your driver's license for at least one year from the date of conviction.

We Are Here to Help

We have decades of experience providing high-quality criminal defense and driver's license reinstatement services in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois. Our license reinstatement attorneys can review your Illinois Secretary of State driving record to determine the best course of action.

If possible, we can assist in clearing the suspension or revocation prior to appearing in court on a driving on suspended or revoked license charge. At a minimum, reinstating your driving privileges can be used as mitigation in court, resulting in a more favorable resolution of your case. In some instances, walking into court with a clear license may even result in a full dismissal of the charge.

The defense lawyers at The Davis Law Group, P.C. represent clients charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license throughout Illinois, including Cook County, Lake County, and DuPage County. Our office will aggressively work to completely avoid or lessen the negative impact these serious charges may have on your life and driving privileges. By clearing your suspension prior to court, negotiating a favorable plea disposition, or taking your case to trial, our attorneys will provide you with experienced and professional representation.

Contact Us Today

We are a full service law firm with the ability to advise you on a wide range of Illinois license suspensions and revocations. We have helped thousands of clients through. Contact us today if you have been charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

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I wanted to let you know that I finally got my license back today. I want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. You did an amazing job and helped another person turn their life around. I will forever be indebted. Rest assured that I will refer anybody that I hear is in trouble to you guys. Thank you again. All the best. M.M.
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I want to extend my sincere gratitude for the success in getting my charges reduced. It has been a rather traumatic experience for me. Though I try to keep an optimistic outlook, it didn't seem possible. But you guys pulled it off and I couldn't be more grateful. This has been a great weight lifted off my shoulders. D.F.
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I would like to take this time to thank you for a job well done. I received my full reinstatement documents today for full driving privileges. This took me by surprise. I did not expect to see the results this fast. I just want to say that I am blessed to have a very good lawyer like yourself to guide me through the process... I am very grateful. You're the best. Thanks again. G.B.
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My special thanks for your help, guidance, and support during a most difficult time. You came recommended as "the best" and you lived up to your reputation! I wish you a lovely holiday season and a new year of challenges overcome, new joys experienced, and much fulfillment realized. All good thoughts your way. S.S.
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I am very grateful for your work and representation. Although it is difficult for me to truly express my gratitude through e-mail, I hope you can still understand how thankful I am that we were able to dismiss my case on the first court date. I am very pleased with the outcome. Again, thank you very much for your time. Please enjoy the rest of your week. D.K.