Illinois Residents

Waukegan Traffic LawyerExperienced Secretary of State Hearing Attorneys

The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer have helped countless people restore their driving privileges through the Secretary of State. They understand the process and are well versed in the complex requirements set forth by the Secretary of State and provide detailed instructions of the specific steps required to prepare for your hearing.  This includes a careful review all of your documentation to make certain they meet the Secretary of State requirements and thorough preparation of your testimony.

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

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.  We take your driving privileges very seriously and will explore all of your options.

We help drivers who lost their license due to:

  • Driving Under the Influence Conviction
  • Multiple moving violations or other serious traffic offenses
  • 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

David Winer is recognized as a leading attorney in Secretary of State hearings and has:

  • Authored several pre-eminent articles on all types of Secretary of State hearings
  • Lectured other attorneys as a Illinois Continuing Legal Education presenter of SOS hearings,
  • Presented an internet course for Continuing Legal Education for lawyers at
  • Spoken at a seminar for the Probation Department and Alcohol/Drug Counselors
  • Guest appearances  on NVC radio station about Secretary of State hearings

To learn more about reinstating your driver’s license or obtaining a Restricted Driving Permit David Winer presented an internet course for the Illinois Attorney Continuing Education Program. entitled “Driver’s License Revocation, Suspension, Reinstatement, Restricted Permits” Free of charge you may watch his 2-hour course at  Scroll down until you find the course described as:

Driver’s License Revocation, Suspension, Reinstatement, Restricted Permits
2 Hours Illinois MCLE Credit
Instructor – David J. Winer

Then click on “View this Course Free”.  You do not have to enroll for attorney CLE course credit. Simply click on each of the eight 15-minute segments and watch for free.

Secretary of  State Hearings – Drivers License Reinstatement

To restore your driving privileges you must have either a Formal or Informal hearing before the Secretary of State.  It is critical to retain a well-qualified attorney who concentrates in and is familiar with Secretary of State law. The vast majority of people who attend a Secretary of State hearing alone or without a qualified lawyer are denied.   At the Formal Hearing the Secretary of State will have its own prosecutor who will question you.  To ensure a fair hearing you must have a qualified attorney who will thoroughly prepare you beforehand and then professionally represent you during the hearing.

Types of Available Relief

-Restricted Driving Permits

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

  • Employment:  To & 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


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

Let the Law Offices of Winer & Winer get you
CALL 847-336-9111  

Preparation for Your Secretary of State Hearing

We provide you with detailed instructions of the specific steps to prepare for your hearing. We review all the past documentation including the evaluation, treatment plan, discharge summary, aftercare plan, etc. and make certain they meet the Secretary of State requirements.  For the new Update Evaluation we communicate with your evaluator to work that any problematic issues are resolved prior to your hearing.

General Process –  Secretary of State Hearing

Proper preparation is the key to a successful Secretary of State reinstatement hearing and it is critical to spend quality time with each client preparing them to understand the particular issues that will be raised at their hearing.  Prior to the hearing we will:

  • Review driving record:  To determine the type of  suspension or revocation, what type of hearing is required,  whether you are eligible for a Full Reinstatement or a Restricted Driving Permit or if it is possible to vacate a conviction in court.
  • Review all Treatment Documentation:  It is critical to carefully review all your prior alcohol evaluations and treatment documentation to look for any problematic issues.   We work diligently to remedy those areas because your testimony at the hearing must be consistent with the evaluations and treatment documents.  Proof of treatment completion includes:  (1) a Remedial Education Certificate, (2) Treatment Verification Form, (3) Individual Treatment Plan, (4) Discharge Summary, (5) Continuing Care Plan and (6) a Verification of Documents Form (If original copies are not available.)  The Evaluation(s) may consist of (a) a Uniform Report Evaluation with a chronological drinking history,  (b) Update Evaluation and (c) a Treatment Needs Assessment and Waiver.  Other potential documents can include  Abstinence FormsSupport Group Forms,  a Sponsor letter, proof of employmentschool medical caredaycare or  public service,  a Medical Report Form or a Response Letter to a previous Secretary of State Denial Order.
  • Preparation for Testimony:  During several meetings we provide a direct and understandable method to approach your case and present testimony at the hearing. We will review the circumstances of each DUI arrest, what you learned from treatment, changes in your life since your last arrest, past and current drinking patterns,  hardship in not having a license and why the Secretary of State should trust that you will not get another DUI.
  • New Update Evaluation:  If you prior evaluation is more than six months old you must obtain a new Update Evaluation and additional documentation. This Update Evaluation is extremely important and contains information that will be heavily relied upon by the Secretary of State.   We work directly with you and closely communicate with your evaluator to assure that the Update Evaluation meets all the Secretary of State requirements.
  • Denial Order from Prior Hearing:  If you were previously denied at a  Secretary of State Hearing it is critical to carefully examine the Denial Order and all the submitted documents to determine the specific reasons why you were denied.  We must then work to remedy  those reasons in your new Update Evaluation and testimony.

Non-Alcohol Suspensions or Revocations

If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked due to moving violations, missed court appearances or another reason we may be able to assist by filing in court a Motion to Vacate your conviction, conducting a Secretary of State hearing 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.

Contact the Law Offices of Winer & Winer today
for a thorough and honest assessment of your situation.
CALL 847-336-9111.


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

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Winer and Winer helps people get their Illinois driver’s license reinstated throughout Lake County Illinois, including residents of the following cities and the surrounding areas: