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Driving Without a License in Illinois

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Is Driving without a License in Illinois a Serious Offense?

In Illinois, driving without a license can result in criminal charges. The law requires all persons who operate a vehicle on highways to possess a valid driver’s license.

What Are the Consequences of Driving without a License?

Driving without a license can result in the following consequences:

  • A citation, with a fine up to $1,500.
  • It may result in a Class B misdemeanor charge, which carries a fine of up to $1,500 in addition to a potential six months in jail.
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license may result in a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. It is a more serious charge than driving without a license and considered a Class A misdemeanor
Driving without a license may also result in having the person’s car towed at their own expense, especially if the offense is combined with a failure to provide insurance. The car may be totally impounded and auctioned off if the violation also results in an accident which causes physical injury or death to another person.

Will a Conviction Affect My Driving Privileges?

Illinois is unique among states in that the Secretary of State will suspend the driving privileges of a person who is convicted for driving without a license. If the person did not have a validly registered license at all, they may be required to complete the suspension period before they will be allowed to apply for one. Upon a third offense of driving unlicensed, the person’s driving privileges may be totally revoked, and can only reinstated after a formal hearing.

How Can a Lawyer Help My Case?

The services of an Illinois lawyer can be very helpful in cases involving driving without a license. In some cases, the consequences can be reduced if the person takes step to renew a previously suspended license, or furnishes proof of a license and insurance to the judge. A criminal defense lawyer can assist the defendant in preparing the necessary documents and put forth any defenses available. 

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Last Modified: 07-17-2014 01:21 PM PDT

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