Chicago Driving on Suspended or Revoked License
Defense Attorney

Driving on a suspended or revoked license under 625 ILCS 5/6-303 is a common charge in Illinois. Although the charge may seem insignificant at first, it is a crime that may result in large fines and even jail time.

Illinois Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License

At a minimum, driving while your license is suspended is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries penalties of up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $2,500. However, driving on a suspended license may be a felony depending on the circumstances and the reason your license was initially suspended.

For example, if you are caught driving after your license was suspended because of a DUI, and you have a prior suspension on your driving record (court supervision or a conviction), you may be charged with a Class 4 felony that is punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

In Illinois, common reasons for a suspended driver’s license include:

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What You Should Do

  • Be respectful.
  • Calmly record the interaction.
  • Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think—and the judge may agree—that the interaction was consensual.
  • If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, do not answer any questions before speaking with your attorney.

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not physically resist arrest.
  • Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
  • Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
  • Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.

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