Why do I need to hire a lawyer to help me get my license back?
It is possible to go through the driver's license reinstatement process without an attorney, but your chances of restoring your driving privileges are substantially increased if you have experienced representation. Secretary of State hearings are challenging, and if you go into your hearing unprepared you are likely to be denied.
Will I be automatically denied at my first hearing?
No. It is true that many people who are not properly prepared for their first hearings are denied. This is not the case for individuals who take the process seriously and hire an experience attorney to represent them. Our attorneys can help ensure you have fulfilled the requirements to reinstate your license, prepare you to effectively answer questions at your Secretary of State hearing and help your get the driving relief you need.
How long does the driver’s license reinstatement process take in Illinois?
It depends. Those who are eligible for reinstatement, have completed the necessary requirements, and are committed to getting their licenses reinstated as quickly as possible can get through the process in as little as a couple months. For others, it can take longer to prepare. Our attorneys will work with you to ensure you have everything you need for your hearing and are ready to answer the hearing officers questions effectively so that you can get your license back as swiftly as possible.
What if I am not eligible for reinstatement yet? Can I still have a hearing?
Yes. Even if you are not yet eligible for full reinstatement, it is possible to get a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) if you can demonstrate hardship. An RDP will allow you to drive to prescribed destinations such as work, school, child care, medical care, treatment, and other locations approved by the Secretary of State. To get an RDP, you must go through a formal administrative hearing much like a reinstatement hearing. Our firm can represent you in this hearing and help you effectively argue for driving relief.
What is a BAIID machine? Will I have to have one installed on my car?
A breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) is a machine that is installed into your car that requires a breath sample to start the car. The BAIID machine prevents the car from starting if the breath sample measures .05 of higher. Additional breath samples are also required while driving. BAIID machines are mandatory for certain individuals driving with restricted driving permits who have had multiple DUI convictions or who have received multiple statutory summary suspensions due to DUI arrests. Once you are eligible for full license reinstatement, you can apply for a formal hearing to restore your license and get rid of the BAIID machine.
At Miller Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys can meet with you to answer all of your driver’s license reinstatement questions. Whether you are an Illinois resident or live out-of-state, we are prepared to guide you through the process of regaining your driving privileges as quickly as possible. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.