Drunk driving lingo: Revoked and suspended are not the same

Facing charges for being impaired behind the wheel? In addition to the possible criminal penalties associated with drunk driving here in Illinois, you may also be facing some sort of sanctions regarding your driver's license. Before you find out what will happen, it may be helpful to know that a revoked license is not the same as a suspended license.

If your case is like most, your license may be suspended. In most DUI cases, the suspension is definite, which means that it continues for a certain amount of time and until you have paid the appropriate fees. If your license is suspended and you drive during the term of your suspension, you could end up with even more legal trouble. In addition, your car insurance could be raised or cancelled. Your insurance company may not allow you to have coverage, and if it does, it will more than likely be quite expensive.

You could also end up with your license being revoked. This is much worse than a suspension since Illinois will cancel your license. If you want to get it back, you must go through certain procedures and start from scratch. If the circumstances are severe enough, your license could be taken away permanently.

Neither situation is good in the short term, but revocation is obviously the worse of the two. Your history of drunk driving and other circumstances, such as your involvement in an alcohol-related accident, could result in a revocation instead of a suspension. It is important that you begin the process of challenging the charges against you as soon as possible to see whether you can avoid these situations -- or at least reduce the impact it will have on your life.

Source: thebalance.com, "Difference Between a Suspended and a Revoked License", Emily Delbridge, Accessed on Aug. 27, 2017

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