Driving on Suspended/Revoked License

Driving on a suspended/revoked license is defined in 625 ILCS 5/6-303.  It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon the person's driving background.  No matter how the case is charged, it is important to hire an attorney who is able to read the driving record and determine, what, if anything, can be done to clear the person's driving record.  Our firm prides itself on our ability to clear even the most complicated driving records.  It is important to understand the distinctions between the two charges:

  1. Driving on a Suspended License
  2. Driving on a Revoked License

Suspended License

When a person's license is suspended there is a date certain when the suspension will be over and that person can pay a reinstatement fee to the Secretary of State to reinstate their driving privileges.  There are also other steps that can be taken in order to lift certain types of suspensions.  For example, purchasing SR22 insurance, paying off judgements, motioning cases back into court that have lead to suspensions or discretionary revocations.

Revoked License

When a person's license is revoked, he/she cannot reinstate their driving privileges until they have a hearing at the Secretary of State.  The only exception to this is a discretionary revocation that may be cleared by motioning certain tickets back into court.  Where a person's license is revoked for a DUI, it is extremely important that they retain able legal counsel as jail time is a very real concern.