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Illinois Secretary of State Hearings Lawyer

Are you seeking reinstatement of a revoked or suspended Illinois driver’s license?

In Illinois, your license may be revoked if you are convicted of Driving under the influence (DUI), various traffic offenses, or another offense involving a fatality.  However, revocation or suspension of your license may not be permanent.  Drivers who seek to have their driver’s license reinstated can request an administrative hearing with the Secretary of State.  There are both formal and informal hearings.

Formal administrative hearings

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due to multiple DUIs or a fatality-related offense, you may request a formal hearing.  A formal hearing requires you to mail a written request for an administrative hearing with a $50.00 filing fee to the Secretary of State.  During a formal hearing, the Secretary of State may ask you many detailed and intense questions, which can include the details of your arrest; if you have experienced any symptoms of alcohol abuse and dependence; and if you have made any changes to your life since the arrest.  After a review of your testimony and documentation, the Secretary of State will issue a written order with its ruling. If you receive an unfavorable decision after a formal hearing, you may appeal that decision within 90 days of your last hearing.  Your license can only be reinstated after going through the hearing process.

Informal administrative hearings

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked for an offense(s) not involving a fatality, a single DUI arrest, or for a sanction related to lesser moving violations, you will be questioned in an informal hearing.  Informal hearings are held on a walk-in basis and could result in a restricted driver's license or a full reinstatement of your driving privileges.  So, an informal hearing can be just as confusing and intimidating as a formal hearing with the Secretary of State.  If you have an experienced secretary of state hearings attorney with you on that day, you give yourself the best chance to get your driver’s license reinstated and your driving privileges restored.

The Ivec Law firm is here to help you succeed

Driving privileges are critical for our jobs, for school, taking care of our families, and just day-to-day living.  As a result, it is important to be prepared for an informal or formal administrative hearing with the Secretary of State when such an important privilege is at stake.  John Paul Ivec, Attorney at Law, P.C. is an experienced attorney who can get the important documents you need before applying for reinstatement; and provide you with detailed instructions so that there is no question if a secretary of state hearing will actually be allowed to proceed.  JohnPaul will also help prepare you to testify accurately and consistently at your hearing.  Located near Joliet Illinois, the Ivec Law firm takes each hearing seriously and is committed to your success. If your Illinois driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due to a conviction for a DUI or other offense, the Ivec Law firm can help you explore your options for restoring your driving privileges. If you are interested in requesting a Secretary of State hearing, you can contact an Illinois Secretary of State hearing attorney at 815.439.9909.  If you prefer email, please click here to schedule a confidential consultation.  

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