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 Chicago and throughout Illinois.

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 may 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 up to a $2,500 fine. However, under certain circumstances this offense 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 will result in a minimum 10 days in jail or 30 days (240 hours) of community service. A conviction for a second violation of driving on a license that was suspended or revoked for driving under the influence is a Class 4 felony, which carries a potential sentence of 1-3 in the Illinois Department of Corrections and a fine not to exceed $25,000. In this situation, the mandatory minimum punishment carries 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 Driving without a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) that has been issued to you, driving on a license that was revoked for reckless homicide, and subsequent violations of this law all carry additional penalties.

If 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 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.

Our license reinstatement attorneys can review your Illinois Secretary of State court purposes driving abstract 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 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, Lake, and DuPage Counties. 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. We are a full service law firm with the ability to advise you on any type of license suspension or revocation. Contact us today if you have been charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

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