Driver's License Suspension

Life without driving privileges in Central Illinois is a daunting prospect, yet that is the position in which many people find themselves as the penalties for driving under the influence become more and more severe.

If your driver's license has been suspended for drunk driving, Champaign criminal defense lawyer Baku N. Patel can help. At Patel Law, PC, we bring years of experience to defending the driving privileges of people throughout the Champaign-Urbana area who are charged with DUI.

Protecting your right to drive

When you are charged with drunk driving in Illinois, you face two threats to your driving privileges. The first is a summary suspension of your driver's license upon your arrest. The second is a criminal suspension/revocation if you are convicted of DUI. Before you are convicted of a DUI charge, you are subject to the following driver's license suspension periods:

Fail a Breathalyzer or blood alcohol test:

  • First Offense - Six months
  • Subsequent Offenses - One year

Refuse a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test:

  • First Offense - One year
  • Subsequent offenses - Three years

If you are convicted of driving under the influence, you face the following consequences to your driving privileges:

First DUI

  • Minimum license suspension of one year
  • Ignition interlock device required for restricted driving privileges

Second DUI

  • Minimum license suspension of five years
  • Ignition interlock device required for restricted driving privileges

Third DUI

  • Minimum license suspension of 10 years
  • Ignition interlock device required for restricted driving privileges

Fourth DUI

  • Lifetime license revocation

Contact us

Attorney Patel is a former Champaign County and Vermilion County senior prosecutor who understands DUI charges from both a prosecution and defense point of view. Contact a DUI defense attorney from our firm today to schedule a free case consultation. We have the experience and skill you need to protect your right to drive, so contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case with an attorney.