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The loss of driving privileges can have a devastating effect on a person’s ability to work, ability to care for their family and can make many aspects of life difficult. The attorneys at the Dohman Law Group will work with you to formulate a plan to get you back driving as soon as possible.

Under Illinois law, the two most common situations where your license is revoked or suspended in Illinois are:

  • License revocation after a DUI conviction
  • License suspension after a DUI arrest



If you are convicted of a DUI in Illinois or any other state, your driving privileges are automatically suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State – usually for a mandatory minimum period of one year. There are certain circumstances where an experienced lawyer can get you back driving sooner, but that depends on the facts and circumstances of each case.

After a DUI conviction, Illinois law requires you to appear before the Illinois Secretary of State for either a formal or informal hearing. Generally, if you have only one prior DUI arrest in your background, you will be eligible for an informal hearing. Otherwise, you will most likely be required to attend a formal hearing.

Unfortunately, the Illinois Secretary of State continues to make changes to their policies for reinstatement, making it increasingly more difficult for an individual to have their driving privileges restored. The attorneys at the Dohman Law Group have extensive knowledge and experience helping driver’s in Illinois regain their driving privileges. We will walk you through the required steps to apply for a hearing, we will help prepare you for the hearing and we will accompany you as your lawyer at the hearing.

LICENSE SUSPENSION AFTER DUI ARREST (known as Statutory Summary Suspension)

If you are arrested for a DUI in Illinois, the Illinois Secretary of State is most likely going to suspend your driving privileges. After most DUI arrests, an individual is asked to submit to chemical testing (usually by blowing into a breathalyzer machine). The law states that:

  • If you submit a breath sample with a BAC over .08, your driving privileges will be suspended for 6 months (or more in certain situations)
  • If you refuse to submit to chemical testing (like a breathalyzer), your driving privileges will be suspended for 12 months (or more in certain situation)

However, the attorneys at the Dohman Law Group can fight the statutory suspension in court. It is extremely important to get certain pretrial motions filed immediately after an arrest, as courts have the jurisdiction to throw out or rescind a suspension if your lawyer has filed the appropriate pretrial motions more than 30 days before the first court date and the prosecutor is not ready for hearing on that court date.

Additionally, the attorneys at the Dohman Law Group are experienced in fighting the factual issues that allow an individual to avoid a suspension. For instance, a judge may throw out the suspension if:

  • The arrest occurred on private property
  • You were not properly placed under arrest
  • The arresting officer did not have reasonable grounds to believe that you were driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence
  • You were not properly warned by the arresting officer of the ramifications of submitting to or refusing to submit to chemical testing
  • You did not refuse to submit to and/or complete the required chemical test(s)
  • You submitted to the required test(s) but the test sample BAC was not over .08

These issues are usually addressed at a pretrial hearing after our attorneys file a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension. Each case presents its own opportunities for getting our clients out of the statutory suspension, and we will explore each of these possibilities. Even if we are unable to get the statutory suspension rescinded, we are usually able to help our clients continue to drive during their suspension by helping them secure a driving permit, known as the Monitoring Driving Device Permit.

Contact us today to set up a consultation to see what steps can be taken to avoid a license suspension or revocation!


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