Is the first hearing with the Secretary of State an "Automatic Denial?" 


Although there are no guarantees that you will not be denied at your hearing, you should not be influenced by the commonly circulated myth that the Secretary of State automatically denies applicants when they make their first application for a drivers license following a DUI-related revocation. Many of our clients receive driving relief on their first hearing.


The origins of this myth are unclear. Many applicants are poorly advised by friends who have been through this process or by other uninformed sources who claim to have insight about administrative hearing policies and procedures. The important thing to know is that every case is different and that your should consult with an attorney who has experience with Secretary of State hearings to receive accurate advice prior to your first hearing.

License Reinstatement Hearings

with the Illinois Secretary of State

Jennifer Wirth, Attorney at Law

53 West Jackson, Suite 1531​

Chicago, Illinois 60604


T: 312.461.0400

F: 708.433.0322

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Jennifer Wirth is licensed

to practice law in Illinois.

We practice in several counties, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Kankakee, McHenry and Will County.  Our office also represents revoked drivers across the nation that are seeking legal assistance to clear an Illinois suspension or revocation.