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
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.