Formal Hearings

Formal Hearings - Joliet and Chicago Secretary of State Hearing Facilities

The driver’s license reinstatement attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. represent suspended and revoked drivers at formal hearings before the Illinois Secretary of State.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office conducts both formal hearings and informal hearings for revoked and suspended drivers seeking to reinstate their driving privileges. Revocations and suspension can be based on DUI as well as a variety of non-alcohol/drug related offenses. Formal hearings are heard at four facilities throughout the State: Chicago, Joliet, Springfield and Mt. Vernon. Among these facilities is the Secretary of State’s formal hearing facilities located 54 N. Ottawa Street in Joliet and 17 N. State Street in Chicago.

A formal hearing is a contested proceeding before a hearing officer. During a formal hearing, the Secretary of State is represented by an attorney. The driver has the right to be represented by an attorney as well. The driver is subject to both direct examination and cross-examination. Failure to have experienced legal representation to assist in the proper preparation and presentation of your case often will result in a denial of relief.

Typically, a review of the offense(s) resulting in the revocation or suspension will take place at the hearing. Other relevant topics include: the person’s full driving record, criminal record, and lifestyle changes. Any hardship resulting from their loss of driving privileges must also be addressed. If relevant, the hearing will also focus on the person’s alcohol/drug use history, including a review of any symptoms of alcohol/drug abuse and any treatment history.

Providing proper documentation is a vital part of many formal hearings. This may include an alcohol/drug evaluation, treatment documentation, risk education verification, and letters from family, friends and acquaintances documenting current alcohol/drug use, abstinence or support group participation.

After the formal hearing has been concluded and all necessary documentation has been received in evidence, the formal hearing officer will make a written recommendation. A representative of the Secretary of State reviews this recommendation. The decision is sent to the driver and his/her attorney by mail. If denied driving relief, the person is eligible for a subsequent hearing 90 days after the prior hearing. A future hearing must address any issues raised at the prior hearing. As a result, a denial may create substantial complications.

If you are revoked or suspended and wish to obtain driving privileges, contact the driver’s license reinstatement attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. to discuss your case. We have helped thousands of individuals throughout Illinois and across the country reinstate their driving privileges.

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