A DUI revocation in Illinois is the indefinite loss of driving privileges. There is no “automatic” reinstatement even after the period of revocation ends. Instead a person becomes “eligible” for reinstatement and cannot drive until first appearing at a hearing before the Secretary of State and being granted driving privileges. The minimum period of revocation can depend on the nature of the offense that caused the revocation and the person's driving record.
Certain offenses may result in a suspension, while more serious offenses may result in a revocation. Examples of offenses which will result in a revocation:
- DUI conviction;
- Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or personal injury
- Drag racing/Street racing
- Aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer while speeding 21 mph or more over the limit, property damage of $300.00 or more
- Disobedience of 2 or more traffic control devices
- Two convictions for illegal transportation of open liquor where the person is under 21
- Any felony involving the use of a motor vehicle
When a person becomes “eligible,” the Secretary of State conducts two types of hearings: formal or informal. Formal and informal hearings differ in many ways. At both hearings, the hearing officer makes a recommendation, which is reviewed in Springfield before a final decision is rendered.
The rules of the Secretary of State's office are complicated, and many applications are denied. Having an experienced attorney like John Callahan on your side can make all the difference in the world. If you are facing license suspension or revocation, or would like to see some of our great results, call the law offices of John W Callahan.