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Getting License Back in Illinois After a DUI conviction

Posted by John Callahan | Mar 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

I have been trying to write better content for this blog so it can be more informative for those who are looking to get their license reinstated in Illinois after a DUI conviction.  What is the bottom line?  The bottom line is that if you are revoked in Illinois for a DUI conviction, we will find a way to get your license reinstated.  If you do what we recommend you will be able to clear your license in Illinois when you are eligible.


The first step we assess when taking in a new client is to determine the treatment level and amount of alcohol classes the client is required to complete.  For most first time DUI clients, this treatment level is Minimal Risk or Moderate Risk.  For most clients who have been arrested for DUI a second time, the appropriate classification will normally be Significant Risk.  Finally, most people who have been arrested for 3 or more DUI arrests will be classified as High Risk. There are factors that can raise or lower the risk classification based on facts of the DUI arrests (high or low blood alcohol content).  The amount of time between DUI arrests can also impact the risk level classification.

When I meet with new clients I always look to make sure that the risk classification that their treatment providers assigned them fits with their history as well as fits with what the Secretary of State administrative hearing officers will look for.  It is very important that we have the perfect fit for treatment classification.  The wrong fit leads to denial.  The right fit leads to a successful license reinstatement hearing.


The next step is to gather all of the facts from the DUI arrests including date, time, reason for being pulled over by the police on the night of the DUI, etc.  We always request all of the documents that the Secretary of State has in their possession.  This can include previous denial orders from prior administrative hearings as well as any Law Enforcement Sworn reports that the police officer sent down to the Secretary of State.  The reason this is important is because we need to know what evidence the Secretary of State holds onto and can use against you at your formal hearing.


The third step of this process takes the treatment documents and the facts of the DUI arrests and integrates them by creating a license reinstatement worksheet.  The license reinstatement worksheet will include and prepare the client for all of the questions they will be asked at the hearing and should prepare them with every answer based on their treatment level classification.

Once the license reinstatement worksheet is prepared, we meet repeatedly several times with our clients until they are fully prepared and have the material memorized.  This makes for an efficient hearing and that is what leads to success and clearance of your license in Illinois.


The final step in the entire process is to move forward and proceed to a license reinstatement hearing.  Once we have the correct treatment classification, the proper documentation, and when we are fully prepared with the license reinstatement worksheet, we then apply for the hearing.  The Secretary of State then assigns us a date for the hearing and we meet about 45 minutes before the scheduled time.

We tender all of the documents to the Secretary of State and then we apply what we learned and have a successful hearing.  About sixty to ninety days after the hearing we will receive the results of our hearing with a written order in the mail from the Secretary of State. 98% of the time our clients our successful on the first try.

If you are looking to clear your Illinois driver's license and need a license reinstatement hearing in Illinois with the Secretary of State, you should contact the license reinstatement law office of John W Callahan, Ltd. to help you with your case.

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. You may also never get a second chance to preserve your freedom if faced with criminal or DUI charges. If you are currently facing criminal charges, contact the law offices of John W. Callahan to protect you, your rights and your freedom. ...


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