Dealing with license revocation after a DUI conviction can be expensive and frustrating. Depending on how long your license was revoked, you may have had to make substantial changes to your life.
When it is time to get your license reinstated, it can be a confusing process. Taking the wrong steps or following the wrong process can cost you time and money.
Here’s what you should know about getting your license back after DUI-related revocation.
How much will it cost me?
Getting a DUI is an expensive conviction. In addition to legal fees, you can expect to pay other expenses, such as:
- Substance abuse classes and evaluation
- Court costs
- High-risk insurance
- Reinstatement fees
- Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installation, rental and monitoring
Some of the costs are one-time, while others continue for a year or more. During the course of dealing with your revocation, you will likely have several other expenses that will add to these costs as well.
Getting it back
In Illinois, you may go through several or all of the following steps to get your license reinstated, including:
- Getting a drug/alcohol evaluation and proof of treatment if required
- Completing an alcohol/drug education program
- Appearing before a Secretary of State hearing officer to demonstrate you will not threaten public safety if your privileges are reinstated
- Demonstrating financial responsibility with a reinstatement fee
- Passing driver’s license exam (written, vision and driving)
It helps to have legal assistance in following this process so that you follow all the steps and pay the correct entities.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you should talk to a knowledgeable attorney about building your defense. The costs for a DUI can have a significant impact on your wallet and your life.