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If your license is revoked or suspended for Driving Under the Influence, multiple tickets, serious traffic violations or a failure to appear in court the Law Office of Winer & Winer can help you get back on the road.   With decades of experience with the Illinois Secretary of State we have helped countless drivers obtain full Reinstatement or a Restricted Driving Permit.   We take your driving privileges very seriously and will explore all of your options.  For more detailed information about your situation, clickhere for Illinois Residents or Non-Illinois Residents.  To learn more about all types of Secretary of State Hearings, go to our Published Legal Articles.

We Offer a Free Consultation to Review Driving Records
and Eligibility for Full Reinstatement or a Restricted Driving Permit

Widely recognized for representing Illinois residents and non-residents, David J. Winer (link to Bio)  has authored respected legal articles regarding Formal Hearings, Informal Hearings and Out of State Packets and Vacating Court Convictions.   In addition, David J. Winer has lectured other lawyers at Illinois Continuing Legal Education Seminars and has presented a legal education video at mentorcle.com.  He is a member of the traffic and criminal law committee of the Illinois State Bar Association and Lake County Bar Association and also holds memberships with the Chicago Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association,  Justinian Bar Association and Jefferson Inns of Court.

We help drivers who lost their license due to:

  • Driving Under the Influence for Illinois & Non-Illinois Residents
  • Multiple moving violations or other serious traffic violations
  • Drivers under 21 with multiple tickets or open alcohol charges
  • Driving while license is suspended or revoked
  • Failure to Appear in Court or Bond Forfeiture convictions
  • Possession of False Identification or providing false information to the Secretary of State
  • Any offenses or circumstances that resulted in a suspension or revocation

Are you Revoked or Suspended?  Know the difference.

A suspension is the loss of driving privileges for a specific period of time.  It is temporary and has a beginning and ending date.  If the driver does not receive any violations during the suspension period, when the suspension time is over they are automatically reinstated upon payment of a reinstatement fee to the Secretary of State.   However, a revocation is the indefinite loss of driving privileges and reinstatement is not automatic.   Depending on the type and length of revocation a driver must either have a Formal, Informal or an Out of State Packet hearing before the Illinois Secretary of State before obtaining any type of driving privileges.  The reinstatement eligibility date and type of hearing depends on several factors such as past driving background and the severity of the offense, etc.  Below is a list of the most common offenses that can lead to a Revocation or Suspension.  (For the complete list see the Illinois statutes at 625 ILCS 5/6-205 & 206)

Revocation Offenses in Illinois:

  • Driving Under the Influence Conviction
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death or a personal injury.
  • Felony Aggravated fleeing and eluding the police.
  • Two convictions for transportation of open alcohol if under age 21 years old.
  • Committing a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.
  • Street drag racing.

Suspension Offenses in Illinois:

  • Drivers over 21 years old: Three or more minor moving convictions in 12 months.
  • Driver under 21 years old: Two 2 or more moving traffic violations in 24 months.
  • Possessing a false driver’s license or ID card or one that belongs to somebody else.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident if property damage is over $1,000.00.
  • Two convictions for open alcohol in vehicle in a twelve month period.
  • Possession of a controlled substance or cannabis while operating a vehicle.
  • Misdemeanor fleeing and eluding the police.

DUI Revocations and Suspensions

In Illinois, most first time DUI offenders receive a suspension of six to twelve months.  If there license is otherwise valid they are automatically eligible for the MDDP permit.  However, a DUI conviction results in a revocation whose length of time is below:

  • First DUI conviction results in a one year revocation, but those under 21 years old when arrested get a two year revocation. Eligible for a permit immediately if over 21 years old.
  • Second DUI conviction within 20 years of the first DUI is a five-year revocation, but are
    eligible for a permit after one year.
  • Third DUI conviction is a ten year revocation and are eligible for a permit after one year.
  • Fourth DUI conviction anywhere may result in a lifetime revocation if any one of the convictions occurred after January 1, 1999.

Out of State Residents and Out of State Packets

There are several reasons where a resident of another state must petition the Illinois Secretary of State for driving relief due to an Illinois revocation hold.

  1. A non-resident who never held an Illinois driver’s license received a DUI conviction or other revocable offense while driving in Illinois. Their resident state, upon expiration of the current license, will refuse to renew it.
  2. An Illinois licensed driver has a revoked license and moves to another state and attempts to obtain a driver’s license there. The licensing authorities of that state will not issue a license due to the revocation hold;
  3. A non-resident who never possessed a valid license is applying for a new one and has a hold from a Illinois DUI conviction.

Out-of-state residents that live within 30 miles of the Illinois border are required to have an in-person hearing. If they live beyond 30 miles, they may either travel to Illinois for an in-person hearing or present an Out of State Packet. (link to Non-Illinois resident)   The Law Offices of Winer & Winer will provide a free consultation and advise you of the cost and best course of action depending on your specific circumstances,

Many old DUI’s charges are now showing up in different states due to the National Registry/Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS).  If your license in your resident state is up for renewal, the PDPS may reveal the Illinois revocation from Illinois and prohibit you from renewing your license. Also, the Illinois DUI conviction will prohibit the issuance of a new license  The Illinois “hold” must be removed in order to renew your license or obtain a new license in your resident state.   The Law Offices of Winer & Winer concentrates in this specific area of law and will guide you through the entire process.

Types of Available Relief

Restricted Driving Permits

For Illinois residents or out-of-state residents who work in Illinois, pursuant to a Formal or Informal Hearing the Secretary of State can issue a Restricted Driving Permit for the specified purposes below:

  • Employment;  to and from work and while on the job
  • Medical care for yourself or a family member
  • Education for yourself or a family member
  • Daycare for your child
  • Attendance in a support group
  • Court ordered public service


Following a suspension once the termination date has passed, if there are no violations, then a reinstatement fee must be paid to the Secretary of State to obtain full driving privileges.  However, with a revocation, even if the eligibility date has passed full reinstatement is not automatic.  The revocation is indefinite and any type of driving privileges can only be granted pursuant to a Formal, Informal hearing or Out of State Packet.

Non-Alcohol Suspensions or Revocations

If your driver’s license is suspended due to moving violations, missed court appearances or any other reason we may be able to assist you.  It may be possible to file in court a Motion to Vacate your conviction, petition the Secretary of State for a Restricted Driving Permit or explore other methods to get you back on the road. Receiving a ticket for Driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license can carry severe penalties and extend  the eligibility dates for a Restricted Driving Permit or reinstatement.

Call now for a Free Consultation to Review Driving Records
and Eligibility for Full Reinstatement or a Restricted Driving Permit
(847) 336-9111

Law Offices of Winer & Winer
9 N County Street, Ste 100
Waukegan, Illinois  60085
(847) 336-9111

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