driver’s license

Article 36 Forfeiture Illinois

For years, DUI offenders have had to worry about their driver’s licenses and the possibility of incarceration. But recently, prosecutors have given defendants another cause for concern. The government can seize a DUI offender’s vehicle, and after a process called civil forfeiture, sell the vehicle at auction and keep the proceeds. The process takes place […]

Summary suspension and supervision: not the same

by Lewis Gainor on September 8, 2011

Difference Between Supervision and Summary Suspension

Many people are confused about the difference between a summary suspension and supervision. The two may sound alike, but they are very different. A summary suspension concerns your driver’s license. Your license to drive is suspended usually 46 days after an arrest for driving under the influence. The suspension is called a statutory summary suspension. […]

State's Attorney PTR | Petition to Revoke | Violation of Court Supervision

If the defendant is found guilty of driving under the influence, the court will proceed to sentencing. It is during the sentencing stage of a case that a person risks having his driver’s license revoked, and being incarcerated in jail. As of 2011, the law in Illinois allows the judge to sentence the defendant to […]

No Driver's License | Illinois Felony DUI

Arrest for DUI without a valid driver’s license: felony

by Lewis Gainor on January 12, 2011

Illinois law on driving under the influence changed significantly in 2008. In that year, the legislature added additional penalties for the offense of DUI. For example, an arrest for DUI where the driver does not have a valid license turned into a felony offense. For years defendants who were arrested for DUI without a valid […]

SSS | Illinois Statutory Summary Suspension

Illinois statutory summary suspension law: the basics

by Lewis Gainor on October 18, 2010

A statutory summary suspension is an administrative action taken by the Secretary of State on a person’s Illinois driving privileges. If, during an arrest for driving under the influence, the person fails chemical testing or refuses to submit to chemical testing, his license will be subject to a statutory summary suspension. The summary suspension is […]

Every arrest for driving under the influence has two consequences: first, the suspension of driving privileges, and second, the criminal offense of DUI. The driver’s license suspension operates on a time table, whereas the criminal offense does not. A person who is arrested for DUI will have his driving privileges suspended pursuant to a statutory […]