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MICHAEL NORRIS: If you get charged with a DUI, your license to drive is going to be suspended in Illinois 46 days after you have been arrested.
JOHN CALLAHAN: There are two ways to beat the summary suspension that we've found. The first is beating it procedurally. And that's by filing the motions and putting a timeline up against the state that if they can't comply with, the client will not lose their license through suspension. The second is to actually go to a hearing.
MICHAEL NORRIS: If you get into court and a judge decides who he wants to believe, the police officer or the drunk, you're going to lose. You need to have an attorney file a document contesting the suspension of your driving privileges.
JOHN CALLAHAN: If the state does not give you a hearing within 30 days or the first court date of the filing of the petition to contest the suspension, they can't suspend the client's license. It's very important to try to beat the suspension because, if you're successful, A, the suspension goes completely off your record. And B, obviously, you can drive without any restrictions whatsoever.
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