Driving with a Revoked or Suspended Driver's License in Illinois
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License: Not Just a Ticket
Driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a crime. Even if it is the first time that you are charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, you must understand that it is a class A misdemeanor that carries the possibility of a maximum fine of $2,500.00 and up to 364 days in jail. In some cases, you could be charged with a felony which carries a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison and up to $25,000.00 in fines.
There are many reasons that your license could be suspended or revoked: failure to pay fines for traffic tickets, too many unpaid parking tickets, driving without insurance, too many moving violations, failure to appear in court, DUI, among others. In all cases, the Secretary of State will send the driver a letter advising that their driver’s license will be suspended and the basis for that suspension. In many cases, perhaps due to language barriers or problems with the mail, a driver may not even know that their driver’s license is suspended until they are stopped by the police and arrested.
Despite the possibility of jail and/or high fines, many people nevertheless choose to represent themselves in court without the assistance of an attorney. Do not make this mistake. The State is represented by an experienced attorney who, with the police, will present evidence against you with the aim of convicting you of that offense. Only with the help of an experienced lawyer will you be able to insure that your rights are protected. There is an old saying: “a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client."
Immigration concerns: Once a person is arrested for this or, any offense for that matter, that person will most likely be fingerprinted, photographed, and have an arrest record, all of which are sent to the FBI. This may result in the Federal Government filing a deportation case against you.
Still think that driving with a suspended or revoked license is just a ticket?
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