The DUI Statutory Summary Suspension of driver’s license is the greatest challenge for most people who have been charged with DUI in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park or anywhere else in the state of Illinois.
If a law enforcement officer pulls you over for a moving violation and then determines that your BAC is 0.08 or more, or if you refuse sobriety testing, the officer will immediately suspend your license. You will be given a receipt that allows you to continue driving for 45 days and allow you time to fight the arrest and suspension.
You will know you are facing a DUI Statutory Summary Suspension in your Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, or Winnebago County DUI case once you receive a notice from the police called the “Law Enforcement Sworn Report.” Sometimes the document may be titled “Notice of Summary Suspension.” Once you receive this, the 45-day clock begins ticking. If the Summary Suspension is not thrown out, your license to drive a motor vehicle will be suspended on the 46th day after you received the Law Enforcement Sworn Report and will remain suspended for a period of time based on the violation.
License Statutory Summary Suspensions for a first offense are as follows:
- Fail chemical testing: 6 months
- Refusal to submit to chemical testing: 12 months
Beyond the obvious obstacle of being unable to drive legally or without restriction in Illinois, the Statutory Summary Suspension likely will have an effect on whether you accept a plea bargain and how much more in fines you may pay as a result of that plea agreement. The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett will help you face the summary suspension, which is crucial to achieving a favorable result in your Rockford DUI case.
It is critical that you seek a lawyer to arm yourself with as much information as possible to prevent a summary suspension. DUI defense attorney Paul M. Marriett gives you options to help increase your chances of having the Statutory Summary Suspension rescinded.