Articles Posted in Illinois DUI

DUI Penalties: Understanding the Difference Between Misdemeanor and Felony Charges in Illinois
Jennifer Wirth Attorney at Law

In Illinois, a DUI can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on a variety of factors. This article reviews the maximum penalties for each class of misdemeanor and felony. Generally, felonies and misdemeanors are distinguished by the term of imprisonment allowed for the offense. A felony is any offense that is punishable by…

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License Reinstatement After a DUI Revocation.
Jennifer Wirth Attorney at Law

NOTE: This article has been updated since its original publication date in 2020. For the most recent information, please click the 2024 Post on Driver’s License Reinstatement after a DUI Revocation. For roughly two decades, I have been representing clients at Secretary of State hearings to request the reinstatement of their Illinois driving privileges. During…

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Mandatory and Discretionary Drivers License Revocations and Suspensions in Illinois
Jennifer Wirth Attorney at Law

This article outlines the reasons that the Illinois Secretary of State can revoke or suspend an Illinois drivers license. If your license is suspended or revoked, we recommend contacting an experienced drivers license attorney to determine if you are eligible to obtain a permit, or if the revocation or suspension can be cleared by other…

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Moving Forward After a Drivers License Revocation for DUI
Jennifer Wirth Attorney at Law

When a DUI conviction has led to the revocation of driving privileges, many revoked drivers are concerned about how to reinstate their drivers license at an Illinois Secretary of State hearing. This article will provide a basic overview of the Secretary of State hearing process and the considerations that accompany a hearing. When a DUI…

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License Reinstatement for Out-of-State Residents
Jennifer Wirth Attorney at Law

If you cannot obtain a drivers license in your state of residency due to an Illinois DUI drivers license revocation, this article offers guidance on the various options to clear an Illinois license hold as an out-of-state resident. Our office receives many calls from people across the nation who are unable to obtain a license…

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Do I Need a Five-Year Permit After my DUI?
Jennifer Wirth Attorney at Law

The five-year permit only applies to persons with two or more DUI convictions who reside in the State of Illinois. There are exceptions to having to maintain a five-year permit. On January 1, 2016, the five-year BAIID law took effect which requires all Petitioners who have been convicted of a second or subsequent DUI to…

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