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Driving Without a License: How Common is it in Illinois?

November 2nd, 2016 at 7:00 am

driving without a license, Rolling Meadows Criminal LawyerCountless people in Illinois get behind the wheel when they do not have a valid driver’s license.  These drivers may have never obtained a driver’s license in the first place, could have a suspended driver’s license, or could have had their driving privileges revoked. According to a recent news article posted by WREX.com, far more Illinois drivers get behind the wheel without a valid driver’s license than one might think.

What Motivates People to Drive Without a License?

According to the article, across the state of Illinois, state law enforcement have issued citations to more than 100,000 drivers who were behind the wheel while driving on a revoked or suspended driver’s license. Between the years of 2011 and 2015, there were more than 300,000 convictions for driving with a revoked or suspended driver’s license. Why are these numbers so high? Why do people choose to risk it and drive when they do not have a valid driver’s license?

There are several reasons why people choose to risk it and drive despite having a revoked, suspended, or simply no driver’s license at all. Common reasons include the following:

  • Driving is more convenient than public transportation, biking, or walking;
  • Some people living in Illinois are unaware of how to obtain a driver’s license, such as undocumented immigrants, or foreign nationals; and
  • Unlicensed drivers often have no other choice—they either drive themselves without a license, or they cannot go to work or run errands.

How Do I Avoid Losing My Driver’s License?

There are a number of criminal offenses that can result in your driver’s license being revoked or suspended. For instance, a DUI conviction will result in your driver’s license being revoked. Or, committing too many traffic violations in a short amount of time can result in too many points accumulating on your driver’s license, which can lead to your license being suspended.

Losing your driving privileges due to a driver’s license suspension or revocation can seriously disrupt your life. Driver’s license suspensions and revocations can span many years, leaving you unable to legally drive for a long time. That is why it is so important to fight any criminal charges that are pressed against you which could potentially cost you your driving privileges.

If you have been charged with any criminal offenses that could potentially cost you your driver’s license, it is critically important that you get in touch with an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you fight the charges against to you, potentially getting your criminal charges dropped or reduced to a lesser offense.

Contact an Illinois Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation Lawyer

Losing your driver’s license can upend your life and can make getting everyday things in your life done in an effective way a challenge. Having a passionate Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer to help you fight for your driving privileges, or to reinstate your driver’s license after a suspension or revocation, is always a good idea.

Source:

http://www.wrex.com/story/32775482/2016/08/Tuesday/digging-deeper-unlicensed-drivers-pose-problems-on-the-road

Driving without a License in Illinois

November 10th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Illinois traffic offenses, Illinois defense attorney, Illinois driving statutes,If your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked, it can make commuting a challenging process. You have to rely on public transportation, your friends and family members, or walking or biking to get around. Life may become particularly difficult if you need a car to get to work or school. One solution to the problem, albeit ill-advised, is to risk getting caught and drive without a valid driver’s license. And many people choose to do this, despite the consequences.

A driver’s license is required in order to operate a motor vehicle in Illinois, under 625 ILCS 5/6-101. You cannot drive in Illinois if you have never obtained a driver’s license, or if your license is expired or cancelled. Additionally, driving when your driver’s license is suspended or revoked is prohibited under 625 ILCS 5/6-303. As a general rule:

  • A first offense for driving without a license, or while your licenses is revoked or suspended, is a Class A misdemeanor; and
  • A second or subsequent offense for driving when your license is suspended or revoked is a Class 4 felony; however, offenses can be upgraded in certain circumstances.

Loss of Driving Privileges Compounded

When your driver’s license is suspended or revoked for a first offense, and you violate another law that warrants an additional period of license revocation or suspension, the duration of the suspensions or revocations will be tacked on to one another. To say this differently, if your first license suspension is for six months, and during that six months you commit some other offense that carries the punishment of loss of license for one year, the one-year loss of license will be added to the end of your six-month punishment, for a total of 18 months without driving privileges.

When you are caught driving without a driver’s license because your license has been suspended or revoked, the duration of your license suspension or revocation will be doubled by the Secretary of State, in accordance with 625 ILCS 5/6-303(b-1).

Caught Driving without a License, but Have One

If you are were caught driving without a license, but you do in fact hold a valid license (perhaps you forgot it at home or it fell out of your pocket, etc.), you may receive a citation or a warning from the law enforcement officer that pulled you over, but you will have the opportunity to provide proof of your valid license at a later point in time. It is sometimes possible to have the consequences for driving without your license reduced, or even dismissed, if you can provide proof that you held a valid driver’s license at the time of your citation. An attorney with experience handling traffic offenses can help you.

Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley

If you have been charged with driving without a license, you need to hire an experienced traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Please contact a Rolling Meadows traffic offense attorney immediately. Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley at (847) 394-3200 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K6-101

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K6-303

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K6-303

Naperville Police Arrest 10 On Drug Charges

April 22nd, 2012 at 10:45 pm

According to the CBS Chicago, on April 11, 2012, over thirty police officers swarmed several apartment complexes in the Naperville, Illinois area and arrested ten individuals for narcotic-related charges. The apartment buildings are in the Jefferson Avenue, Testa Drive, and Encina Drive area.

Apparently, the Naperville police were responding to a dramatic increase in telephone calls to the department alleging safety concerns. Sergeant Gregory Bell has stated the telephones pertained to suspected drug activity to trespassing. As a result of these calls, the police initiated Operation Clean Sweep to put a stop the so-called disturbances.

The Operation began  when the police bombarded the area, with nineteen police vehicles, at approximately 1:00 pm. The police continued the Operation for nearly ten hours, and left the area at about 11:00 pm.

The police stopped more than twenty vehicles, freely handing out warnings, tickets, and even arresting a few residents. Further, the police conducted a search warrant at an apartment occupied Tyrone Townsend, on Testa Drive where they uncovered a sophisticated pot-growing operation with 46 marijuana plants. Mr. Townsend was charged for producing or possessing more than 20 but not more than 50 marijuana plants, possession of more than 30 but not more than 500 grams of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the health or life of a child because 3 children with special needs were inside the apartment during the raid.

Mr. Townsend was just one of 20 individuals arrested during the Operation. Another individual was arrested for driving without a license and another man was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

These types of Operations in the Chicagoland are not uncommon and may happen without any warning. If you are driving through a neighborhood during an Operation such as this, it is possible that a cop will find something to cite or charge you with. If you’re facing drug charges in the Chicago area, it’s highly recommended that you hire an experienced Naperville drug crime defense lawyer to represent you in your criminal case.

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