Driving while License is Revoked or Suspended Lawyer – Naperville Law Firm
If your license has been suspended or revoked, it is against the law for you to operate a vehicle. Whether the license has been suspended in this state or another one, it is still against the law to drive in all of Illinois. If you have been accused of driving while your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you could face serious and lasting penalties as a result. Contact a traffic citation lawyer who handles driving while license is suspended or revoked charges from the Law Office of Ken Wang to find out what options are available to you during this challenging time and to determine the best and most effective course of action in your specific situation.
What is license suspension?
Under Illinois law, you can lose the right to drive temporarily, which is referred to as a license suspension. The amount of time varies depending on the offenses and other factors, such as your driving record. The suspension period can range from as little as two months to an indefinite suspension. In any case, until your license is no longer suspended, it is against the law for you to drive.
Some common reasons for license suspensions include:
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure to pay Child Support
- Speeding tickets
- Three traffic offenses in the same year
What if I drive on a suspended license?
If you choose to drive when your license is suspended or revoked and are caught by the police, you will face serious penalties greater than a typical traffic ticket. You can be charged with Driving while License Suspended or Revoked (DWLS/DWLR) in violation of 625 ILCS 5/11-303. At the very least, it is usually considered a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable with up to a year in jail and fines up to $2,500. If there are complicating factors, it may even be considered a felony that can carry a sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections and fines up to $25,000. If you are suspended for DUI or a Statutory Summary Suspension, you may be a mandatory minimum jail sentence.
What should I do if my license is suspended?
Whenever you get cited for a traffic offense or for parking tickets, it is important to keep track of the details of your tickets and to seek legal guidance. Even something as simple as forgetting a court date can result in points on your license and an eventual license suspension. If you have been charged with driving while your license is suspended, the first thing you should do is contact a lawyer.
An attorney from the Law Office of Ken Wang can help you sort through your options when dealing with a suspended or revoked license, speeding tickets, DUI, or other traffic offense. We will help you mitigate the penalties if possible and seek the most efficient way of getting your driving situation resolved. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation – night and weekend hours available by appointment.