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THE AUTOMATIC DUI SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE: WERE YOU ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY?

If you are charged with DUI in Illinois, the Secretary of State can automatically suspend your driver’s license—but only if you were not on a “public highway.” The law defines a “public highway” as “The entire width between the boundary … Continue reading

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I WON MY ILLINOIS DUI. CAN I DRIVE?

You fought your DUI, and you won. You figured that meant you were OK to drive. But you got pulled over by the police, and now you have been charged with driving on a suspended license. How did that happen? … Continue reading

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THE AUTOMATIC DRIVER’S LICENSE DUI SUSPENSION IN ILLINOIS: THE 31-DAY NO-DRIVING WINDOW

(UPDATE: As of January 1, 2016, the 31-day window has been abolished.) When you are charged with DUI in Illinois, the Secretary of State automatically suspends your license. The suspension starts on the 46th day after your arrest and can … Continue reading

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THE NEW ILLINOIS DRIVER’S LICENSE REVOCATION LAWS FOR DUI-RELATED ACCIDENTS

Starting July 1, 2011, Illinois has a new law allowing the Secretary of State to automatically revoke your license after a traffic accident. The new law is geared to stiffen penalties against drunk drivers, but may impact even those who … Continue reading

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WHEN YOU ARE CHARGED WITH DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE

Getting caught driving on a suspended license can be pretty dire, but the news is not completely hopeless. The state must still prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving and that your license was suspended due to an underlying alcohol offense. Continue reading

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“CAN I DRIVE?”: GETTING RID OF YOUR ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE MANDATORY SUSPENSION

You left the party a little late. You thought you had waited long enough after drinking those cocktails, but a police officer thought differently. After you got pulled over for blowing a stop sign, you were charged with DUI. Now … Continue reading

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