The differences between restrictions, suspensions and revocations are important to understand.
A restricted driver's license limits driving privileges. A suspension is a temporary loss of a driver's license for a certain time period. Revocation is a permanent loss of driving privileges.
The Secretary of State can restrict, suspend or revoke driver's licenses for multiple reasons. Common grounds include:
Other reasons include:
Importantly, suspension and revocations are treated differently when it comes to hardship appeals in the circuit court. The hardship appeal permits the petitioner to request a restricted license so that, for example, he or she may drive to and from work. Suspensions are appealable on hardship grounds to the circuit court.
Revocations are a different story. Revocations from arrests before October 1, 1999 are appealable to the circuit court; revocations after that date are not appealable. In other words, an arrest for driving while license revoked after October 1, 1999 is not appealable on hardship grounds – one must wait out the revocation period and then seek a driver's license.
Thus, the distinctions between revocations and suspensions are important. There are more options for relief with a suspension than a revocation. Get the assistance of a driver's license reinstatement attorney in determining your best course of action.
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