I have many clients charged with a second offense DUI in Illinois that ask the question as to how long it will take for the Secretary of State of Illinois to revoke their license once the conviction enters. The conviction on a DUI arrest does not enter until after the judge sentences the person in court. Sometimes, the plea or finding of guilty to a second DUI offense in Illinois will occur in court, but the sentencing date will be continued until a later date by the judge. The Secretary of State Will not revoke a person's license until they receive confirmation that a person has been convicted by the judge in court. This only occurs after the person is sentenced.
I used to tell my clients that the timeline for this is approximately 21 to 30 days from the date of a plea of guilty or finding of guilty in court on a DUI charge. Recently, however, I have bumped into a case where the Secretary of State revoke a person's license they've near 12 days after a conviction was entered in court. This is lightning fast for the Secretary of State and it also poses problems as far as getting a person ready for a hearing with the Secretary of State for the formal administrative hearing process. In order to clear your Illinois drivers license, you must be prepared for the formal hearing.
The bottom line is that a person will be revoked by the State of Illinois and due to recent experience the attorney should be prepared to take that clients to a formal administrative hearing to reinstate the clients license almost immediately after sentencing in the court.
Posted by License Reinstatement Lawyer John W. Callahan