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Aurora Driver's License Suspension LawyerIn Illinois, drivers can lose their licenses for many different offenses. Driver’s license suspensions and revocations may result from charges for driving under the influence (DUI), multiple traffic violations, and failure to pay tickets. Once a license is suspended or revoked, the license holder is prohibited from driving any motor vehicle. Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense. Fortunately, there may be a way to get back on the road legally after losing your license.

Seeking Driving Relief Through a Hardship License

If you lose your license, you may wonder how you will travel to work, attend classes, or manage other important responsibilities. One option is to seek driving relief through a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). RDPs are sometimes referred to as “hardship licenses” because they offer partial driving privileges for those adversely affected by the loss of their driver’s license. For example, if you risk losing your job because you cannot drive, this may qualify as a hardship.

To get an RDP, you will need to attend a Secretary of State hearing and demonstrate that a hardship exists. If you lost your license because of a DUI, you will also need to complete the steps indicated by your drug and alcohol evaluation risk classification. This may include ten hours of DUI Risk Education, early intervention, substance abuse treatment, or other activities. Lastly, you will need to show the Secretary of State hearing officer that you are not going to re-offend. The RDP will let you drive to certain locations for certain purposes. Many RDP holders use their RDP to get to work, transport children, or attend medical appointments.

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Aurora License Reinstatement LawyerIn Illinois, a person may be subject to a driver’s license suspension or revocation if they are accused of drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident, multiple traffic violations, drag racing, or other offenses. Once your license is suspended or revoked, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle. Driver’s license suspensions automatically terminate after a certain period of time. Once the suspension is up, you pay a fine and regain your driving privileges.  

Unlike a driver’s license suspension, a driver’s license revocation does not automatically terminate. To get your license back after it is revoked, you must attend a Secretary of State hearing and demonstrate that you have met the requirements for driver’s license reinstatement.

Informal Secretary of State Reinstatement Hearings

If your license was revoked because you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) for the first time or you committed multiple moving violations, you will most likely need to attend an informal reinstatement hearing. During the hearing, the hearing officer will ask you questions about the circumstances that led to the driver’s license revocation, your drug and alcohol use, and why you are seeking reinstatement of your driver’s license.

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Will County Criminal Defense AttorneyWhen we drink alcohol, the alcohol can be detected in our breath, urine, and blood. Often, the results of a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test are a key component of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). Breath tests, sometimes called Breathalyzers, analyze the alcohol on a person’s breath in order to approximate the person’s BAC. If you or a loved one have been arrested for drunk driving, it is important to understand how breathalyzer results can impact the case.

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer in Illinois?

When police officers suspect a driver of drunk driving, they usually ask the driver to take a breath test. The subject blows into the device and the device registers a number representing that person’s estimated blood alcohol content. The use of the term “estimated” is intentional. Roadside breathalyzers are considered “preliminary breath tests.” These devices can estimate the amount of alcohol a person drank but they are not accurate enough to be entered as evidence in a DUI case.  Preliminary breath tests are used to establish probable cause for a DUI arrest. You have the right to refuse a preliminary breathalyzer.

The breath test used at the police station is more reliable than the portable breath tests used during a traffic stop. You do not have the right to refuse this “evidentiary breath test” per Illinois’ implied consent laws. If you refuse a breath test after being arrested for DUI, you face an immediate one-year driver’s license suspension.

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Naperville Juvenile Defense LawyerParents are responsible for guiding their children and helping them grow into happy, successful adults. However, even the best parents cannot prevent their children from making mistakes. For teenagers, shoplifting may seem like a victimless crime. Otherwise, law-abiding teenagers may justify stealing from a store because the crime does not involve violence or physical harm. Teenagers may also be peer-pressured into stealing. Some shoplift in order to impress their friends or gain a certain reputation at school. Other teens accused of theft are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Whatever the reasons, theft charges can have a significant impact on a young person’s future. If your child was arrested for retail theft, contact a criminal defense lawyer experienced in juvenile offenses for help.  

What Are the Consequences of Juvenile Theft?

Theft is estimated to have cost retailers $62 billion in 2019 alone. Preventing shoplifting losses is a top priority for most stores and retail chains. Security guards, video surveillance, and antitheft devices are designed to catch shoplifters in the act and prevent ongoing theft. Some store owners and managers will give teenagers a second or even third chance after being caught shoplifting. However, the store does reserve the right to call the police if they catch a child or teenager shoplifting.

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Kane County Drugged Driving Defense AttorneyIllinois is one of many U.S. states that have eliminated or dramatically reduced criminal penalties for marijuana possession and use. Cannabis flower and cannabis products like “edibles” are now legal to possess in Illinois -- regardless of the user’s medical need. However, marijuana possession, cultivation, and distribution are still limited and regulated by law. Furthermore, it remains illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Smoking and driving or “drugged driving” can lead to charges for driving under the influence (DUI).

DUI Involving Cannabis in Illinois

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Illinois. However, this does not mean that Illinois residents can use cannabis behind the wheel. Research shows that cannabis impairs decision-making abilities and motor coordination. It also increases reaction time which makes it harder for drivers to avoid collisions. Because marijuana intoxication increases the risk of getting into an accident, it is illegal to operate a car while under the influence of marijuana.

Determining a Driver’s Level of Intoxication

Measuring a driver’s marijuana intoxication has proven quite difficult as compared to alcohol intoxication. When a police officer suspects a driver of drunk driving, he or she can use a portable blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test to assess the driver’s estimated level of intoxication. While these tests are not infallible, they offer a standardized method for determining a driver’s level of impairment. A driver is considered intoxicated “per se” or intoxicated by law if his or her BAC is above 0.08 percent. (However, it is possible to be charged with DUI even if your BAC is under the legal limit.)

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