Driving With A Suspended Or Revoked License Can Have Steep Penalties
In the state of Illinois, driving with a suspended or revoked license (DWLS) is a Class A misdemeanor. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be sentenced up to 364 days in jail and fined up to $2,500. If you were caught driving with a suspended or revoked license as part of a speeding ticket, fleeing the police, involved in a hit and run accident, or other aggravating circumstances, you may be charged with a felony.
If convicted on felony charges, you face up to 7 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Further, the state may impound or seize your car. The long-term consequences of a conviction for a DWLS must also be considered: your license may be revoked permanently and you will have criminal record which could negatively impact your employment opportunities.
At the Law Office of Philip Nathe, we can often reduce the sentence or charges facing someone arrested for DWLS. Depending on the circumstances of your case and your criminal history, it may be possible to convince the court to place you on probation or not permanently revoke your license. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact DWLS defense attorney Philip Nathe today.
Driver License Suspensions In Illinois
If your license is up for suspension or revocation, you should receive a letter from the Illinois Secretary of State. Since the Secretary of State will send its notification to the address they have on file for someone, it’s possible you may not have received notification that your license was suspended. While it’s not an automatic defense in DWLS cases, the court may have considered it a mitigating factor when charging or sentencing you.
Common reasons for a license suspension include:
- Driving without insurance
- Failure to pay parking tickets
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure or refusal to pay traffic tickets
- Auto emission test failures
- Delinquent child support
Resolving A DWLS Charge
It’s important to resolve a DWLS charge as quickly as possible to avoid further legal complications and begin the process of reinstating your license. In cases where a person is unaware their license has been suspended because of a failure on their part to pay tickets or appear in court, resolving the issue is often a matter of appearing in court, clearing up tickets or other violations, and paying a fine. In cases where a person knowingly and intentionally drives on a suspended license, prosecutors may not be as accommodating.
Driving With A Suspended Or Revoked License? Contact Philip Nathe.
As your attorney, Philip Nathe reviews the circumstances of your case in order to identify the best options available to you. If you’ve been arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license, contact DWLS attorney Philip Nathe today and schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you.