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When can you drive again after a Statutory Summary Suspension?

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2022 | Dui Charges

The state of Illinois has various laws that pertain to drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

For example, if a law enforcement officer arrests you for DUI, you may face a statutory summary suspension of your license. What exactly is this and how soon can you expect to drive again?

About the Statutory Summary Suspension

A law enforcement officer who stops you on suspicion of drunk driving will ask you to submit to chemical testing. If you refuse, you face a 12- to 36-month license suspension. If you do take the test and the results show that your blood alcohol concentration level is 0.08% or higher, you can expect license suspension of 6 to 12 months.

License reinstatement

When you qualify for the reinstatement of your driving privileges after license suspension or revocation, you will appear before an informal hearing officer. The officer will review your driving record and go over the documents you will need to apply for either the reinstatement of your license or an RDP.

Restricted driving permit (RDP)

An RDP represents a partial restoration of your driving privileges. This permit will enable you to drive at certain times of the day and in certain areas. Your RDP would allow you to drive to and from work, attend support meetings or take a family member to a medical appointment, daycare or school if there is no other form of transportation. If you have not yet reached the eligibility date for your license suspension or revocation, you will have to present proof of hardship in order to qualify for the RDP.

Legal guidance

If law enforcement arrests you on a DUI charge, your next step is to seek legal help. An attorney will investigate the circumstances, develop a defense strategy and help you regain your driving privileges.