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Secretary of State Hearings: Getting Your Driver's License Back

DuPage County Lawyers Fighting for Your Driver's License in Naperville

After any DUI conviction, Illinois drivers have their driver's licenses revoked by the Secretary of State. A formal administrative hearing — called a Secretary of State hearing — is required to get their licenses back and drive again.

In college, 95 percent on a test is a good job. In a Secretary of State hearing, 95 percent is a failing grade. You must get every question right. To help prepare, work with attorneys who know the law and who know strategies for getting your driver's license back.

At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we are dedicated to fighting for your driver's license. Our DuPage County law offices represent clients at this hearing to help them get their driver's license reinstated as quickly as possible.

We also handle a broad range of matters related to driver's license suspension, summary suspension and revocation, including the matters listed below:

Attorneys With a High Success Rate at Secretary of State Hearings

At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we have a high success rate in formal and informal Secretary of State hearings. As a result of our efforts, 80 percent of our clients have gotten their driver's licenses back at their first administrative hearing with the Secretary of State's office.

Using strategies we have developed over time, we counsel our clients on exactly what to expect. We help them understand what the court expects of them and what they can do to get their licenses back.

To have your driver's license reinstated, you will need to prove that your alcohol treatment program has been successful, that you will be a safe and responsible driver in the state of Illinois and that you are no longer a danger to the public safety. If you have not already completed treatment, we have access to well-respected chemical dependency evaluators. These efficient and professional evaluators guide you through the treatment process.

What to Expect at Your Secretary of State Hearing

At the hearing, you will be asked more than 100 questions. If you aren't prepared to give the right answers, you probably will fail. Everything you say has to be both believable and consistent with what you told your alcohol evaluator during your treatment program.

  • You will be asked to recall all the dates and facts of each DUI arrest. What time did it occur? Where were you going? Why were you pulled over?
  • You also be asked questions about alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. You may be asked what your drinking pattern was in the year before your DuPage County drunk driving arrest. How much did you drink? When did you usually drink? Were you frequently hungover?
  • Finally, you may be asked about changes you have made to your life since your last DUI, as well as where you work and whether you need a car to get there.

Get Representation That Gets Results

If your license was revoked due a DUI conviction in Naperville, DuPage County or anywhere in Illinois, it can only be reinstated following a formal administrative hearing — also known as a Secretary of State hearing. Get representation that gets results in Secretary of State hearings. Contact Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., today. Call our Naperville office toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.