Caught Driving on a Suspended License in DuPage County?
Driving while your license is suspended is not a simple traffic ticket. It is a criminal offense, sometimes a felony. If the suspension was for DUI, a conviction may carry mandatory jail time. The suspension will be extended, and a hardship permit is off the table. Your vehicle can be impounded and forfeited. The list of penalties and consequences goes on and on.
You need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer with knowledge of DUI laws and experience defending driver's license violations. The attorneys of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. have a well-deserved reputation for winning "unwinnable" cases, including the offense of driving while suspended or revoked after a DUI.
There are opportunities to fight this. Call us at 1-877-335-6693 for skilled defense in DuPage County or Kane County, Illinois.
Driving While Suspended for DUI Is a Crime
A first conviction for driving while license suspended (DWLS) or driving while license revoked (DWLR) is a class A misdemeanor. The penalties for conviction are up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine, with a minimum sentence of 10 days in jail. Your suspension/revocation period will be increased and you will have a criminal record. You will not be eligible for an MDDP or hardship permit.
A second offense of DWLS or DWLR can be charged as a class A misdemeanor or a Class 4 felony (punishable by one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000). If convicted, the mandatory minimum sentence is 30 days in jail. Your driving privileges will be revoked for several years, followed by a very tough reinstatement process to get your license back.
Experienced DUI and License Suspension Defense Lawyers
Our goal is to keep clients out of jail, avoid a criminal record and retain driving privileges. We have achieved notable results in DUI defense: dismissals and favorable outcomes on the criminal charges, victories in court challenges of license suspension, and successes in Secretary of State license reinstatement hearings.
The lawyers of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. know the local courts and Illinois law. Call us toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.