Written by attorney Mitchell Scott Sexner

Driving Without a Valid License in Illinois

Driving without a valid driver's license is generally a misdemeanor punishable by jail or fine. There are many reasons why a client's driving privileges may not be valid, including lack of a social security number or an expired license. A conviction for driving without a valid driver's license will typically result in the Secretary of State suspending or revoking the offender's driving privilege. Although this type of case does not usually result in jail for a first offense, repeated violations of this section often lead to serious consequences and possible jail if committed. In addition, law enforcement may impound the offender's vehicle under certain situations. Under certain extreme circumstances, the vehicle may be subject to forfeiture.

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The best outcome for a person facing such a charge is to convince the prosecution to dismiss the case. However, if the prosecution is unwilling to dismiss the case, experienced attorneys can review your case to determine whether a defense may apply. In most cases, the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, so if an agreement cannot be reached with the prosecutor or judge, your criminal defense attorney will be properly prepared to take your case to trial.

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