DUI Convictions Can Create Surprises

In the world of DUI, not everything is as it seems.  Let’s suppose that you are arrested for DUI, blow over the limit, and then a short while later receive a document in the mail from the Illinois Secretary of State stating that your license will be suspended for a minimum of three months due to the statutory-summary-suspension law.  You are going to lose your license for three months, right? If you get court supervision (supervision is not considered to be a conviction) as a sentence for your DUI, that is correct.  But, if you ultimately receive a conviction for DUI, then your license will be revoked regardless of the statutory-summary-suspension consequence.

What does it mean to have your license revoked? It means that you will not be able to get your license back until you convince the Secretary of State to give it back to you.  Furthermore, it will be at least a year (it could be longer depending on circumstances) before you can even ask the Secretary of State to give you your driver’s license back.

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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