Protect Your Driving Privileges
Driving is a privilege that you are granted, not a right. The privilege can and will be taken away if you are found to be in violation of traffic laws. However, if your driving privileges are threatened, you have the right to enlist an experienced lawyer to help you protect them. Hammel Law Offices P.C. in Joliet can help. Our attorneys have more than 25 years of experience handling driver’s license issues and other criminal law matters.
Defending Against Driver’s License Suspension
Driver’s license suspension is a surprisingly complex issue. While many people recognize it as a criminal penalty associated with drunk driving, traffic violations and other offenses, it can also be a civil penalty. In fact, it is necessary to fight on two fronts to protect your privilege to drive. This is common in DUI cases.
In DUI cases, if you blow over .08, submit to a blood/urine test revealing illegal drugs or over 5 nanograms of cannabis (and in some cases over 10 nanograms of cannabis, depending on substance tested), or refuse testing, you will face an automatic statutory summary suspension that begins on the 46th day after you receive notice. This is entirely separate from the criminal charge and not contingent on you being convicted of DUI. This suspension can be fought in a civil hearing that must be requested within 90 days of service of the notice of suspension. Additionally, if class A injuries occur to a victim, the arresting officer may issue a statutory summary revocation.
If you are actually convicted of the DUI, you will face driver’s license revocation as a criminal penalty. The length of the suspension or revocation will depend upon testing and any prior DUI suspensions or dispositions. We can help you fight both the civil license suspension and the criminal license revocation.
For Commercial Driver’s License
For people who drive for a living, it is critical to move quickly after a traffic stop to defend against commercial driver’s license (CDL) suspension. In these cases, loss of license could lead to loss of career. We move quickly to protect truckers and others against CDL loss.
Helping Driver’s To Obtain An MDDP, Restricted Driver’s License Or Restoration/Reinstatement.
During a period of driver’s statutory summary suspension, it is important to understand that you may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). There is a process that you need to follow. Our lawyers can guide you through that process efficiently to help you to obtain a permit as quickly as possible. Let us help you get back on the road.
After a period of any driver’s license suspension or revocation, it is important to understand that your license will not be reinstated automatically. There is a process that you need to follow. Our lawyers can guide you through that process efficiently to help you regain your driving privileges as quickly as possible. Let us help you get back on the road.