driver’s license revocation

Conviction for felony offense involving a motor vehicle will suspend your Illinois driver’s license

October 5, 2010
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An arrest for a felony offense in Illinois has consequences beyond sentencing in court. In addition to the possibility of a prison sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections, a defendant may lose his driver’s license. The Secretary of State in Illinois has authority to suspend, cancel, and even revoke a person’s driving privileges for […]

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I got a speeding ticket in Illinois. What is the fine, and will it suspend my driver’s license?

March 20, 2010
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Many people believe they can pay a speeding ticket and the matter is taken care of. However, a speeding ticket can result in driver’s license suspension. Under certain circumstances, a speeding ticket can cause a revoked license. In almost every case of a suspension or revocation, it sneaks up on the driver. For example, the […]

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I got arrested for street racing. What is the sentence for this offense under Illinois law?

March 17, 2010
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Street racing is a criminal offense in the Illinois Vehicle Code, and the penalties can be very serious. The law is 625 ILCS 5/11-506, and it provides that it is illegal to engage in street racing on any highway in the state of Illinois. A highway is generally any public road. It is also against […]

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What is the possible sentence for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in Illinois?

March 13, 2010
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The offense of fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. The penalty can be up to one year in jail and the court can order the defendant to pay a fine of $2,500. The defendant, however, is eligible for probation. Fleeing or attempting to elude a peace […]

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How long will I lose my Illinois driver’s license for a DUI conviction?

March 9, 2010
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A conviction for violating 625 ILCS 5/11-501, the Illinois DUI law, will result in a mandatory driver’s license revocation by the Secretary of State. The law provides the following: Sec. 6-205. Mandatory revocation of license or permit; Hardship cases. (a) Except as provided in this Section, the Secretary of State shall immediately revoke the license, […]

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What are the penalties for a first-time DUI in Illinois?

March 6, 2010
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When a person is arrested for DUI, the police officer will provide him with a Uniform Traffic Ticket. The ticket is written by hand and specifies the section(s) of the DUI statute the defendant is accused of violating. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is set forth in 625 ILCS 5/11-501. There may […]

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What will the sentence be for an Illinois DUI that is reduced to reckless driving?

March 4, 2010
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Defendants who are charged with driving under the influence under Section 11-501 of the Illinois Vehicle Code will almost always benefit from a reduction of the charge from DUI to reckless driving under Section 11-503. Both offenses are Class A misdemeanors for which the sentence can be up to one year in jail and a […]

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How many traffic tickets can I get before my Illinois driver’s license is suspended?

February 25, 2010
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Too many traffic tickets in one year will cause the Illinois Secretary of State to suspend your driver’s license. The rule is, 3 convictions for moving violations in 12 months will result in suspension. The suspension is mandatory, not discretionary. In fact, it is applied by a computer program, not a person working for the […]

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What is the definition of reckless driving in Illinois?

February 20, 2010
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The statute that defines reckless driving in Illinois is 625 ILCS 5/11-503. It provides that reckless driving is driving any vehicle with a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. Reckless driving is a Class A misdemeanor offense. The penalty can be up to one year in jail and a fine […]

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What are the penalties in Illinois for driving on a suspended or revoked license?

February 20, 2010
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If you are pulled over and your license is suspended because of a prior statutory summary suspension or DUI conviction, the penalties provided by Illinois law can be severe. Driving while suspended or revoked is a Class A misdemeanor offense. For all Class A misdemeanor offenses, the sentencing range is incarceration for up to one […]

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