In the state of Illinois, statutory summary suspension refers to the mandatory suspension of a person’s driver’s license when they are convicted of certain vehicular offenses. One such offense is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When a person is arrested for drunk driving, their license will be temporarily suspended pending the conclusion of their criminal trial. If they are found guilty of DUI, their license will be irreversibly suspended for a set period of time. The terms of suspension for each DUI conviction are as follows:

  • First offense: six months
  • Second offense: five years
  • Third offense: ten years
  • Fourth or subsequent offense: Life


After a DUI arrest, you have 90 days to request a Secretary of State hearing to reverse the suspension, at least until your criminal case is complete. Otherwise, your license will be suspended 46 days after your arrest and will not be reinstated until you are proven innocent in court. It is highly beneficial to be represented by a Chicago criminal defense lawyer in these cases. Only they will have the experience and knowledge to present a strong argument on your behalf and protect your driving privileges. Call our firm today to learn more!


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