Apr 13

There are many reasons for which a person may face driver’s license suspension or revocation, including driving under the influence (DUI). Driver’s license suspension refers to a temporary measure. If the driver satisfies all requirements, he or she can regain driving privileges. On the other hand, driver’s license revocation is a permanent measure. In those circumstances, there is no guarantee that a driver can regain driving privileges.

The following sections will provide an overview of six situations in which a person may lose driving privileges in Illinois.

DUI

The Illinois definition of DUI includes being impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescription medication. If the driver registers a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more, then he or she is impaired. Driving privileges will be suspended or revoked, depending on the circumstances.

For drivers under the legal drinking age of 21, Illinois employs a zero-tolerance approach. If an under-21 driver registers any trace of alcohol in a BAC test, then he or she is impaired. Driving privileges will be suspended or revoked, depending on the circumstances.

Failure to Appear or Pay

This type of license suspension occurs when the driver fails to appear or pay for a previous traffic violation or citation. If the driver neglects court-ordered duties or payments, then he or she will lose driving privileges. In most cases, these drivers can apply for driver’s license reinstatement. Until the driver pays all required fees, his or her license will remain suspended.

Parking Violations

This type f license suspension occurs when a driver fails to satisfy outstanding parking violations. If there is evidence of 10 or more outstanding parking violations, then the driver may suffer license suspension. Driver’s license reinstatement is usually available in these circumstances.

Automated Traffic Violations

This type of license suspension occurs when a driver fails to satisfy automated traffic violations. If five or more automated traffic violations remain outstanding, then the driver may suffer license suspension.

Deadbeats Don’t Drive

Illinois instituted the Deadbeats Don’t Drive program to ensure complete payment of child support obligations. Under the Illinois Family Financial Responsibility Law, drivers who fail to pay child support may suffer license suspension.

Tollway Violations

Illinois requires drivers to pay all tollway fees within the state. If the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority detects that a driver has five or more tollway violations, then license suspension may be appropriate.

Do You Need Legal Help?

No matter what the criminal offense, all charges are serious. A sound strategy and an aggressive defense are essential for a positive outcome. To protect your rights in such situations, it is highly advisable to retain legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Prior Law Firm in Bloomington, Illinois has proven experience in matters of criminal defense. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach The Prior Law Firm by phone at (309) 827-4300, email at johnprior@thepriorlawfirm.com or by completing an online form.

(image courtesy of Quentin Dr)