Chicago Secretary of State Information
Statutory Summary Suspension in Chicago
If you were pulled over for violation and it was established that you were driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substance or you refused testing, the police officer will take away your driver’s license at the scene. Instead, the arresting officer will give you a temporary permit, which will allow you to drive for 45 more days. The suspension of your driver’s license will go into effect only after your case was heard at court and decision was made.
First Offence License Statutory Summary Suspension:
- Blood Alcohol Content is .08% or higher – 6 months
- Refusal to submit to testing – 1 year
Administrative Hearing and Penalties
It is important to understand that the revocation or suspension of your driver’s license is an administrative action and has nothing to do with your criminal hearing and penalties.
Chicago DUI Lawyer will help you challenge the administrative suspension of your suspension of your driver’s license. In order to contest the suspension you will have to request an administrative hearing, which has to be done within 90 days from your arrest. One of our Chicago DUI Lawyers will prepare you for the hearing and will stay with your through the process.
Once at the hearing the Secretary of State will decide whether to revoke your license until your case is settled. If your license were revoked you are responsible for the following penalties:
- Driver’s license reinstatement fee – $500
- Issuance of new driver’s license – $30
- Proof of financial responsibility or SR-22
- Drug or alcohol evaluation and program if ordered
- Ignition interlock device including installation – $85, monthly rental and monitoring – $110
Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substance for the first time, you might be qualified for a driving relief, which will allow you to drive your vehicle during the period of statutory suspension. After you applied and were approved for the driving relief a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device will have to be installed in your vehicle. This will allow you to continue driving your vehicle without restrictions; however, you will only be able to drive your vehicle.
The Ignition Interlock Device is installed in the ignition of your vehicle and will prevent your car from starting if your Blood Alcohol Content is higher than .025%. The device automatically sends your test results the Secretary of State’s office, which monitors and reads the results. Failed attempt of the breath test will lead to addition to the period of suspension and revocation of your driving relief permit.
SR-22 or Proof of Financial Responsibility
SR-22 is a certification of your financial responsibility that your insurance company will have to submit and report any lapses to the Secretary of State department. The SR-22 basically guarantees that you meet minimum car insurance requirements. However, it is important to keep in mind that if you need an SR-22, than, most likely, you are facing requirements not needed with the standard form of insurance.
If you were arrested for DUI in the city of Chicago you will have to file the SR-22 to the Secretary of State for three years. However, if during this period of time you have committed another DUI or cause a serious traffic accident the period may be extended.
Having to file SR-22 will cause you great deal of trouble and money. Since, being arrested for DUI makes you a high risk driver not many insurance providers will agree to insure you. The SR-22 is directly linked with your driving record, which means, based on your violations, you will experience a significant raise in insurance cost. Even if you do not own a vehicle your will still have to submit SR-22 for your “non-owner insurance”. This is done to ensure that you are not falsifying your car insurance and, if you will cause an accident, you will be able to cover the loss.