Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, January 18, 2016

What Happens if You Drive on a Suspended License in Chicago?

There are a number of reasons your driver’s license may be suspended, but one thing is certain: you can’t legally drive if the state has taken away your privileges.

If you do, you’ll end up facing criminal charges.

Is Driving on a Suspended License a Crime in Illinois?

Driving on a suspended license is typically a Class A misdemeanor under Illinois law.

625 ILCS 5/6-303 says that “Driving while driver's license, permit or privilege to operate a motor vehicle is suspended or revoked” is illegal.

Sometimes you can get your driving privileges reinstated in Chicago and the surrounding communities, which can be helpful if you need to drive to get to school or work. However, that’s not always the case – and it’s usually a good idea to talk to a criminal defense attorney about your situation to find out whether you can get your license reinstated.

Why Does Illinois Suspend Driver’s Licenses?

The state of Illinois suspends driver’s licenses for a number of reasons, including:

  • Driving under the influence, or DUI (if this is your case, it’s a good idea to talk to a Chicago DUI lawyer who may be able to help you)
  • Failure to appear in court or failure to pay traffic violation fines
  • Parking suspensions, which are typically entered against the license of someone who has been issued 10 or more parking violations and has failed to satisfy them
  • Automated traffic violations, which are often used for drivers who have received five automated traffic violations without satisfying them
  • Failure to pay fines (any court-imposed fines, not just traffic violation fines)
  • Failure to pay court-ordered child support
  • Tollway violations or running tolls (these are typically only issued after five or more toll violations or evasions)

Do You Need Help With a Suspended License?

If you need help getting your suspended license reinstated, call us at 847-920-4540 or contact us online. We’ll be happy to evaluate your case and begin creating a strategy to get the best possible outcome.


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