How a First-Time Illinois DUI Conviction Can Impact Your License


Driving while under the influence (DUI) convictions will result in criminal penalties for convicts; additionally, they may face civil penalties for their crimes. One potential civil penalty impacts something many people use daily: drivers’ licenses.

Loss of License Before Court

Unfortunately, those accused of DUIs may lose their licenses before courts adjudicate their cases. In fact, those charged for DUIs may have their driving privileges revoked without a hearing if the Secretary of State’s office receives enough evidence from a state’s attorney. Therefore, don’t expect to drive if you’ve been charged with a DUI.

Drivers’ Licensees & First-Time DUI Convictions

A first-time DUI conviction is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. In addition to criminal penalties, people convicted of first-time DUIs will face a minimum one-year revocation of driving privileges. If the convicted is under the age of 21, he or she will face a minimum two-year revocation of driving privileges.

Driver’s License Restoration

If you have been convicted of a DUI, you will probably lose your license for some time; however, you may be able to restore your license. Once your driver’s license has been suspended, you have 90 days to request a DUI hearing to contest the suspension.

DUI hearings are different from criminal trials because, during DUI hearings, authorities will only discuss the revocation of your driving privileges. During the hearing, an experienced DUI attorney can significantly increase the chances that you’ll get your license back.

Charged with a DUI? We Can Help!

If you or a loved one was charged with a DUI, The Toney Law Firm is here to help. Our goal as a firm is to protect your rights by fighting for your interests and your interests alone.

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