Illinois Driver’s License Reinstatement Process

If you have lost your driving privileges due to the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, you are probably suffering significant hardship.  For many people, driving is more than merely a “privilege,” but is instead a bona fide necessity.  If you need to attend school or work, or to transport yourself or a family member to receive necessary medical treatment, you will need to have your license reinstated as soon as possible.

Driver’s license reinstatement involves a complicated legal process that requires experienced legal counsel.  If you have had your driver’s license revoked or suspended, contact an experienced driver’s license reinstatement attorney at Drost, Gilbert, Andrew, & Apicella right away.

The Reinstatement Process

A driver who is seeking to have his license reinstated must participate in either a formal or an informal hearing before a hearing officer of the Illinois Secretary of State.  If your underlying offense did not involve a fatality, and if you have no previous DUI convictions, you may be eligible to participate in the informal hearing process.  No appointment is necessary for an informal hearing.  The proceedings are not recorded and there is no right to appeal if your reinstatement request is denied.

By contrast, formal hearings must be requested in a written demand to the Secretary of State.  The hearing may be scheduled any time up to 90-days after the written request is received.  Formal hearings are recorded and the hearing officer’s decision is rendered in the form of a detailed order. If your reinstatement request is denied after a formal hearing, you have a right to appeal to the circuit court.

The Hearing

At both formal and informal hearings, the hearing officer will question the driver in an adversarial manner about his driving history and about the underlying facts pertaining to the revocation or suspension. Hearing officers are likely to deny a reinstatement request if there is significant inconsistency within or among the driver’s various statements or if the driver fails to offer persuasive proof that he is not a risk to public safety.  In all reinstatement hearings, the burden of proof rests on the driver.

After the hearing is completed, the hearing officer may deny the driver’s request for reinstatement or grant a Restricted Driver’s Permit (RDP), which would allow the a person to drive at certain times and for certain purposes, like going to work, school, or medical treatment.

You may seek the assistance of counsel throughout the driver’s license reinstatement process.  An attorney who understands the complexities of the law and the reinstatement process will be an invaluable ally while you proceed through the driver’s license reinstatement process.

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Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyers in Chicagoland

If you need to help with Illinois driver’s license reinstatement consult with an attorney today.  Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella to speak to lawyers experienced with these matters. We have offices in Chicago and Cook County, and we serve clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area including Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Inverness, Schaumburg, and Barrington.