The Illinois driver’s license hearing attorneys at Harvatin Law Offices are renowned for their excellence in driver’s license reinstatement hearings. We provide every client with prompt and personal attention, tailoring our strategy to fit your needs. Our firm has successfully handled many types of cases involving license suspension and revocation, establishing a solid reputation and following in Springfield, Illinois and beyond.
The Loss of Driving Privileges
Suspension refers to the temporary withdrawal of one’s driving privileges for up to 36 months. Like a revocation, a suspension may result from a DUI arrest. A BAC of .08 percent or more, or any trace of impairing drugs, will result in automatic suspension, as will a refusal.
Revocation means the termination of one’s driving privileges for an indefinite period. Revocation is reserved for more serious violations, such as DUI convictions or substance-related accidents involving injury or death. After such accidents, the state may summarily revoke the driver’s license. To regain driving privileges, the motorist may apply for reinstatement or a restricted permit if eligible.
Reinstatement of Revoked or Suspended Driver’s License
Reinstatement refers to the full restoration of driving privileges. It is different from a restricted driving permit (RDP) which may require proof of “undue hardship” and limits driving to school, work, medical appointments, AA meetings, and daycare. The driver must use the RDP for at least 9 months before requesting full reinstatement. The road to reinstatement is outlined below.
Consultation: The first informal meeting in which a hearing officer reviews your driving record and advises you of the documents required to support your application for reinstatement. With Mr. Harvatin’s assistance, you may skip this step.
Alcohol/Drug Evaluation: A licensed provider classifies drivers based on level of risk. These levels, in turn, dictate the requirements drivers must complete to restore their driving privileges. Level I and II drivers who present minimal or moderate risk must complete a drug education program. Level II and III drivers who present significant or high risk must provide additional proof of completion of a treatment program and a continuing care status report.
Informal or Formal Hearing: The hearing officer summarizes the applicant’s testimony and documents in a written report. The decision will be made within 90 days of the hearing. If denied, the applicant must return for a hearing to resolve the issues set forth in the denial report.
RDP or Reinstatement: Relief may be granted if the driver can prove financial responsibility, pay the relevant fee, and complete requirements for using the breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), if applicable.
Effective Representation at Every Step
If you are seeking relief from a suspended or revoked license, the experienced Illinois driver’s license hearing attorneys at Harvatin Law Offices can help. As a former hearing officer, Mr. Harvatin has 15 years of firsthand knowledge on how to build a good case. Working with the most qualified evaluators, he can dramatically increase your chances of obtaining relief. Because of his extensive familiarity with the hearing officers and opposing counsel, Mr. Havartin is in a great position to prepare you for the hearing and protect your interests at every step. His overall success rate at obtaining driving relief exceeds 90%.
Our law firm undermines the notion that you need a top-dollar, ‘big city’ lawyer; an experienced local attorney who concentrates in reinstatement hearings will benefit you more. Located steps away from the Springfield courthouse, Harvatin Law Offices can help you fight and obtain the legal relief you need and deserve. Call (217) 525-0520 today for a confidential consultation, or contact us online.