Driving While Suspended in Illinois
In Illinois, in order to drive, you need to have a valid license. A valid license is one that has not expired or been revoked or suspended. People do still attempt to drive without a valid license. While they may get away with it sometimes, eventually they are caught by police and the resulting penalties can be quite serious.
What the Law Says
Under 625 ILCS 5/6-303, a person who drives while his or her driver’s license or permit is revoked or suspended will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. The punishment is a fine of $2,500 and up to 364 days in jail. A second violation can be considered a Class 4 felony if it causes personal injury or death. While it is the lowest form of felony, it is still punishable by one to three years in jail and a fine of $25,000.
In addition, if you are caught driving with a suspended license, the state will suspend your license for the same amount of time as your original suspension. This means that if your license was suspended for one year, it will now be suspended for an additional one-year period. If you were driving while your license was revoked, it cannot be reinstated for at least one year.
Many people have suspended or revoked licenses because of a DUI conviction. In these cases, if you are caught driving with a license that is suspended, you will have to spend 10 days in jail or opt for 30 hours of community service.
How an Illinois Lawyer Can Help
These situations are not treated lightly. You need to seek legal help, or you could face a wide range of penalties.
A lawyer can assess your case and help you understand your legal options. He or she will advise you of the best course of action based on your circumstances. The reason for your license loss and your criminal history will be taken into consideration.
In some cases, a lawyer may even be able to have your original suspension or revocation charge dismissed. By restoring your right to drive, you will be poised for success in the courtroom.
If this is not an option, an aggressive lawyer will work to reduce the charges you face. In some cases, they can even be eliminated altogether. Your lawyer will try to work with the prosecution outside of court. They may advise you to take a plea deal. It may even be advisable to take your case to trial, where the lawyer can convince the judge to lessen your punishment based on your history.
Get Help for Your Illinois Driving While Suspended Case
Driving with a suspended license is not a minor crime. It can lead to jail time, fines, community service, extended license suspension, and more.
Seek legal help from driving while suspended lawyer Greg R. LaPapa from LaPapa Law Group. He can defend your case and help you work for a favorable outcome. To schedule a consultation, call his Schaumburg office at (773) 779-9090 or fill out the online form.