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Driving While Driver’s License Is Suspended (DWLS) as a Petty Offense

There is a type of DWLS that can be a petty offense rather than a Class A misdemeanor.

The relevant statute is 625 ILCS 5/6-601:

If a licensee under this Code is convicted of violating Section 6-303 for operating a motor vehicle during a time when such licensee’s driver’s license was suspended under the provisions of Section 6-306.3, then such act shall be a petty offense (provided the licensee has answered the charge which was the basis of the suspension under Section 6-306.3), and there shall be imposed no additional like period of suspension as provided in paragraph (b) of Section 6-303.

A suspension occurs under Section 6-306.3 when a person provides their driver’s license for bail and then fails to show up for court or otherwise answer the charge (i.e., pay the ticket).

So, whenever a motorist is suspended for not answering a ticket, it is important for the motorist to pay the ticket or otherwise take care of it ASAP.  It can make a big difference in the potential penalty.


625 ILCS 5/6-601

625 ILCS 5/6-306.3

Question: Will I lose My License for Underage Drinking?

Answer: Yes, that is the law in Illinois.

If you are under the age of 21 and enter a guilty plea to (or are found guilty of) Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor, you will lose your driver’s license for at least three months. You may lose your license for a longer period of time given certain circumstances. You will lose your license even if you are placed on judicial supervision.

In the grand spectrum of things, there are worse evils than kids drinking alcohol, however, the driver’s-license penalty in minor-consumption cases shows that even minor crimes can have serious consequences.

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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