Driving with a Suspended License is a Criminal Offense

Maybe you received three moving violations in a year, or you have a handful of parking tickets. Maybe you are even in arrears on a child support obligation. Illinois has a variety of reasons for suspending a person’s driver’s license, and these are just a few examples. Once the Secretary of State suspends your driver’s license, you can no longer operate a motor vehicle on an Illinois roadway. If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you’re likely to be charged with a serious crime. Pursuant to section 6-303 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, the offense of driving on a suspended license is a class A misdemeanor and punishable by 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. You do not want that conviction on your criminal or driving record. It can affect your job, housing, future employment opportunities, and your insurance premiums can skyrocket.

Secretary of State Penalties

Along with the criminal penalties for a conviction, the Secretary of State is likely to suspend your license for the same amount of time as the original suspension. You’ll feel as if you’re continually bouncing off the walls of the system. You’ll need a law firm of driving with suspended license lawyers who can help you in court and help you get your driver’s license reinstated.

Your best-case scenario would be to get your suspension cleared and walk out of court with a reinstated driver’s license. Our objective would then be to have the license suspension charge against you dismissed. You can contact one of our driving with suspended license lawyers for a free consultation by calling the Driver Defense Team at (312) 940-8330. We represent clients throughout the greater Chicago area and have attorneys at all of the courthouses in Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County every day. Our goal is to put you back on the road quickly and legally.

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