It was bad enough to have to bum rides as a teenager, but having to do it as an adult is borderline embarrassing. Having a suspended driver’s license seems like adding insult to injury to the charge that got you to this point in the first place.
On the one hand, it seems like it would be relatively easy to drive with the license suspended, and, perhaps, no one would know. But then, there is always the possibility of getting caught.
Here’s what you need to know about the consequences of driving with a suspended license in the state of Illinois.
You could be the most careful driver in the world, but at the end of the day, there are so many factors that could lead a police officer to stop you while driving. Once stopped, it wouldn’t take long for the officer to know that you were driving with a revoked or suspended license.
More than just a slap on the wrist
When you’re told that your driver’s license is suspended, it removes the possibility of claiming that you didn’t know or that you didn’t understand what that meant. Once you get in the car and drive with a suspended license, you could be in trouble.
Driving with a suspended license is a new crime since you weren’t supposed to be driving in the first place. And the penalties can be severe. Often, the suspension will be extended for the same length of time as the original suspension. That is the case even if your suspension is over but your license has not been reinstated.
If you have a revoked license, the rule is a little different. If you are caught and charged with driving with on a revoked license, it will be at least one year after your date of conviction that you can be eligible to request reinstatement.
How to get your license back
Getting through the suspension period is only one part of getting your driving privileges back. Even though the time has passed, it is not ok to get behind the wheel. At least not yet. After the suspension period has passed, you must pay the fine to get your license reinstated. You can only go back to driving with an officially reinstated license.