If you lost your Illinois driver’s license because of two or more prior driving under the influence of alcohol charges you can get your license back through a process called a “formal hearing” before the Illinois Secretary of State.
The purpose of the formal hearing is for the Illinois Secretary of State to determine if you would be a “safe and responsible driver” if you were given the opportunity to drive again. As your attorney, my job is to present your case to the Secretary of State.
At the formal hearing there are seven areas that are covered. Moreover, because it is your burden to present your case, meaning, once the hearing starts, you have to present your evidence and testimony- – -the Secretary of State will not help you. In fact, at the formal hearing, the Secretary of State has its own attorney in the room whose sole purpose is to prevent you from getting a driver’s license. Therefore, you need to be very well prepared when having a hearing.
Furthermore, the hearing is recorded and any decision will include the statements you made at the hearing. Once a person has a hearing, (with or without an attorney) they are stuck with the statements the previously made). Although there are ways to unwind the statements, it is best to start with the correct testimony.
For a more detailed explanation of the formal hearing process and how I can help you get back on the road, contact me and I will review the specifics of your case, free of charge.