A drunk driving arrest and conviction means drastic changes for the driver. Not only will he or she face fines and other penalties, perhaps including jail time, but there will be administrative consequences to deal with. Illinois and nearly every other state includes some kind of license suspension as part of the price to pay for a DUI conviction. Seeking to have one’s license reinstated is not always an easy process.

There are few lifestyles that do not include the necessity of driving. Getting to work, school, grocery stores and recreation are just a few ways in which the average person relies on a vehicle. After a DUI license suspension, a driver’s license is not automatically returned to him or her. The driver must follow the steps outlined by the Secretary of State’s office. This includes a hearing for which the driver must be properly prepared.

Part of the preparation involves obtaining an evaluation of one’s history with drugs and alcohol, which classifies the driver as a high, moderate or low risk. Based on the level of risk, the driver may need to provide additional documentation. For example, a minimal risk driver may need only evidence of having completed an alcohol education course. However, someone with a high risk may need to produce certification of substance abuse treatment as well as letters attesting to sobriety.

Showing up for one’s administrative hearing without the appropriate documentation means a rejection of one’s petition for license reinstatement. This is why someone with a license suspension may find it helpful to seek legal advice. An Illinois attorney can assist with every matter related to a DUI arrest, including helping one prepare for an administrative hearing, which can be very stressful.