Court supervision in Illinois is a valuable tool. For example, a conviction for Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, requires the Illinois Secretary of State to revoke your driver’s license, which is more severe than a driver’s license suspension. 625 ILCS 5/6-205
Unlike a driver’s license suspension, which ends automatically, restoration of driving privileges following a driver’s license revocation requires an administrative hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. Such a hearing entails obtaining a drug and alcohol evaluation, possibly completing a 10-hour driver risk education course, as well as anywhere from 20 to 75 hours of alcohol counseling.
Furthermore, if you are high risk dependent (alcoholic), you will be required to stop drinking for at least a year before being eligible for driving relief. In addition, you must demonstrate to the Secretary of State that you have developed a support program to help you remain completely alcohol free for the remainder of your life.
Those who are dependent must also, through testimony or letters, prove from at least three independent sources their claim that they have not consumed alcohol for at least 12 consecutive months before the hearing. Similarly, they must provide letters or testimony from at least three members of their support group to explain their participation in the support program. Continue reading →