Driver’s License Reinstatement
If your license has been revoked by the Illinois Secretary of State, for any reason, you will need to have a Formal Hearing or Informal Hearing at the Office of the Secretary of State before your Driver’s Privilege or Driver’s License will be reinstated. Northfield Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer Fred Dry has experience with this process. Most commonly people lose their Illinois Driver’s Privilege or Illinois Driver’s License because they have been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs also sometimes called, DWI, DUI, OUI.
However, a driver’s license revocation or driver’s license suspension, could also occur for conviction of any the following additional offenses: a) Driving While Revoked or Suspended, b) 3 moving Violations in any 12 month period, c) repeated involvement in traffic accidents, d) allowing an unlawful or fraudulent use of a driver’s license, e) refusing re-examination by the Secretary of State, f) lied on an application for a driver’s license or ID card, g) Involvement with a fraudulent driver’s license, h) Fleeing from Police, i) Leaving the Scene of An Accident. Numerous other situations allow the Illinois Secretary of State to suspend or revoke a driver’s privilege.
Northfield Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney Fred Dry knows how to navigate the Illinois Secretary of State Formal Hearing and Informal Hearing process. Unlike a criminal case where the accused is presumed innocent and the government must prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, at this hearing the driver has the burden of proof. That means that the driver must demonstrate and prove reasons that their driver’s privilege should be reinstated. Each and every client has their own circumstances and this requires the lawyer to develop a unique presentation for each and every client’s hearing. Many times the only witness will be the attorney’s client, the driver. Being a witness, especially when so much is at stake, can be intimidating. Attorney Fred Dry has become familiar with the process and knows how to prepare his clients for the hearing.
Unfortunately, the correct and proper answers to many of the questions you will be asked are not what logic might have you believe. Both your lawyer and the Government’s lawyer will ask probing questions about the circumstances that led to your loss of driving privileges. In a DUI situation, you will need to explain how and why you got drunk and drove a motor vehicle and why that will never happen again. Consequently, if you have not spent the time to prepare with your lawyer, you will not be aware of the focus of the hearing, the nature of the questions you will be asked and what type of answers are expected and appropriate. A lawyer who does not suggest that (s)he prepare with you for the hearing probably does not know what it takes to succeed.
When I meet with a client who is seeking Driver’s License Reinstatement we also discuss Restricted Driver’s Licenses also known as Hardship Licenses. Because many people need to be able to drive to earn a living, a person who is not yet eligible for reinstatement from revocation may be eligible for a Hardship License for the purpose of work, personal or family member medical treatment. Generally, the Secretary of State rules that mere inconvenience is not hardship. This means that if public transportation is available and accessible, hardship does not exist. Our experienced Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer can provide Northfield residents with this type of insight and preparation.
The Formal and Informal Hearing process can be difficult to understand and a challenge to master. I have helped many people succeed and get their driver’s license reinstated. If you’re looking for an experienced Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney in Northfield, please call my office today to discuss the process and how we can help get you driving legally.