The State of Illinois has a number of laws that allow the government to suspend or revoke a person’s driving privileges.
Especially for those who live in the Chicago suburbs, not being able to drive can at best be a huge inconvenience and expense and, at worst, mean that the person can no longer support himself or herself financially.
Suspensions for drunk or drugged driving
As is the case in other states, Illinois will suspend the driving privileges of those accused of drunk or drugged driving.
A first-time offender, for example, will face a suspension of six months unless he or she agrees to use what is commonly referred to as an ignition interlock device at his or her personal expense.
Refusing a blood or breath test, or a subsequent drunk or drugged driving arrest, will result in a one-year license suspension. Someone who is a repeat offender and refuses a breath or blood test will receive a three-year suspension.
Suspensions for other reasons
A DUI is not the only reason a person could face a license suspension. Another common reason Illinois residents get suspended is for too many speeding violations or other traffic tickets. Even too many parking tickets can lead to a license suspension.
On a related point, someone who ignores a traffic ticket may face a suspension until he or she makes it right with the authorities.
There are also some traffic violations that automatically lead to a license suspension. For example, someone accused of going around a school bus that has stopped to pick up children may lose his or her license.
Even things that seem to have nothing to do with driving can lead to a license suspension. A parent who is behind in his or her child support, for instance, may lose driving privileges until he or she catches up or makes payment arrangements.
No matter the reason for a threatened suspension, most Illinois residents will want to protect their ability to drive legally. Our firm has experience with fighting license suspensions and, when necessary, negotiating for the best result possible.