Administrative Hearings for License Reinstatement
Insight from a Distinguished Lake County, IL DUI Attorney
In Illinois, the process for reinstating your driver's license must be done at a hearing before the Secretary of State. It is separate from the criminal trial process with regards to a DUI charge. When you are arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence, you will automatically lose your driving privileges.
How Does the Process Begin?
The only way to retain this right is to request a formal hearing with the Secretary of State. There is a filing fee of $50. During the hearing, all of the evidence in your case is weighed and then a determination is made on whether or not this information is admissible. You will then be notified of the outcome within 90 days. If your case is denied at the first hearing, you can schedule a subsequent hearing that 90-day period. There are four locations where you can request the hearing: Springfield, Joliet, Mt. Vernon, and Chicago.
This is a general outline of what you might expect during the hearing:
- The hearing officer will review your driving record.
- The assistant Attorney General submits the evidence in your charge as well as your driving record for use in the hearing.
- Questioning begins, first with your attorney, and then the assistant Attorney General.
- There is an opportunity to add comments before the case closes.
You may also request an informal hearing with the DMV. While an informal hearing is not required, it is usually recommended. These are reserved for first-time DUI cases and non-fatal accidents. Formal hearings, on the other hand, are reserved for cases where you have multiple DUI's on record or there was a death.
Should You Hire a Lawyer?
By having an attorney represent you, you stand a much better chance of obtaining approval for your reinstatement. Most of the cases that are rejected are because the individual lacked proper legal counsel to assist them. As a Lake County, Illinois DUI lawyer, Albert L. Wysocki, has handled numerous DMV hearing, Secretary of State hearing, and DUI cases, with over 30 years of experience to his name. As a highly accomplished attorney, he can give you the advantage you need to achieve a favorable outcome.
Our Lake County DUI attorney is here to help. Contact Albert L. Wysocki Attorney At Law for a free consultation!
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