Driving with a suspended license is a serious traffic violation and can result in a heavy fines and even jail time. Suspension of a driver’s license and privileges to operate a motor vehicle is controlled by 625 ILCS 5/1-204:
Temporary withdrawal by formal action of the Secretary of a person’s license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways, for a period specifically designated by the Secretary.
Generally, suspensions occur for convictions of three or more moving violations (such as speeding) within a 12-month period pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/6-206.
A suspension, unlike a revocation, automatically terminates after the designated time period, not to exceed 12 months (after payment of a reinstatement fee), unless it is extended for driving while the license was suspended 625 ILCS 5/6-303, which states, “Except as otherwise provided in subsection (a-5), any person who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle on any highway of his State at a time when such person’s driver’s license, permit or privilege to do so or the privilege to obtain a driver’s license or permit is revoked or suspended as provided by this Code or the law of another state, except as may be specifically allowed by a judicial driving permit issued prior to January 1, 2009, monitoring device driving permit, family financial responsibility driving permit, probationary license to drive, or a restricted driving permit issued pursuant to this Code or under the law of another state, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.”
The penalty for driving while license suspended is up to 364 days in jail, up to a $2,500 fine, and probation/conditional discharge/court supervision up to 24 months. In addition, you may be ordered to complete public service work, a driver safety program or a combination of each.
Rockford-based Illinois lawyer Paul M. Marriett Legal represents clients facing driving while license suspended in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Winnebago County and the surrounding northern Illinois communities. For experienced legal representation in a driving while license suspended case, and to get back on the road faster, contact the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett for a free consultation to see what options are available to you at (815) 391-0089 or contact us using the form on this page.