"My license was revoked about 5 years ago. I tried to go through a hearing by myself. I wasn't expecting how difficult it was going to be. Getting all of the documents was hard enough, but getting grilled by the SOS attorney was even worse. After getting denied a couple of times, my friend suggested I hire an attorney. Unfortunately, most attorneys were way out of my price range. I found LDLG and they were affordable, much more so than other places I called. They were courteous and effective in preparing me. I got my license back and am a happy former client. Thank you."
Jeremy F.
"I got two DUIs quite a long time ago. Because I didn't really need a car at the time, I never tried to get my license back. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal. I could not have been more wrong!! Illinois really wants to put you through a bunch of hoops before you can drive again. I have several friends who I talked to about it and they all recommended that I hire a lawyer. I followed their advice and hired this office. The lawyer I worked with was both kind and very responsive to my questions."
Rachel P.
"I've made some mistakes in my past and lost my drivers license. I really needed to start driving again for work. I live out of state, so I didn't realize that I first had to get Illinois approval. I looked online for information and realized that this stuff was really confusing. I knew I needed to hire an attorney to help me, but like a lot of people, I know that hiring an attorney can be really expensive. After doing more research online, I found the License Defense Law Group and thought I would give them a shot. After several discussions about my case, I knew I was in good hands. Although the process took a little while, I finally got my license back!! I will refer you to other people that need assistance. Thanks."
Blake B.
"When I was eligible to get my license back, I knew from other people's experience to contact a lawyer. To be honest, I didn't think the state would ever let me drive again considering my friends kept getting denied. I thought I would give it a shot, and I am glad I did. It took a while to finally get a decision, but I received a restricted permit and am now able to drive to and from work."

Frequently Asked Questions

Why hire an attorney to represent me before the Illinois Secretary of State?

The benefits are tremendous. We have many clients who have first tried going through the process alone, only to discover how difficult and confusing the process really is. Anyone who has gone through a hearing knows that the SOS's position is a very tough one. Having an attorney represent you will drastically increase the chances of success. However, this attorney must be committed to preparing you thoroughly. Similarly, the client must be willing to submit themselves to rigorous preparation.

How long does the driver's license reinstatement process take?

The answer to this question is relatively simple. The first step is finding out if the client is eligible for reinstatement and, if that client is eligible, are they eligible for full reinstatement immediately or will they first be granted a restricted driving permit (RDP) through the Secretary of State of Illinois? Either way, if your license is revoked, you will need a hearing to secure driving relief. The next process is up to the client. Some clients are ready to go to a hearing within a couple of weeks. Other clients take much longer. This really depends on whether the client is committed to getting their license back. If the client takes the time to understand the facts of their DUI, the treatment that they performed through their evaluator and can factually relate that to the Secretary of State, they will have a very good chance to get their license back.

How much is this going to cost me?

There are several costs besides attorney's fees. Those include the $50 filing fee when we are ready to proceed and request a formal administrative hearing. We typically have our clients sign an authorization for release of information from the Secretary of State of Illinois and submit that down to the secretary of State requesting any documents or proof of blood alcohol level on all of their DUI arrests. Depending on whether you have attended a hearing prior to our representation, we may also ask for and request the transcripts of any previous hearings that they may have had if denied for license reinstatement. Once the client is reinstated, there are several fees that the client must pay. One is the $500 license reinstatement to the Secretary of State of Illinois in order to clear their license. There is typically also a BAIID permit and a restricted driving permit. The BAIID permit is a private agreement that the client works out with the BAIID provider and the restricted driving permit is $8 for the year.

What are the formal reinstatement locations?

There are four locations inside the state of Illinois where a client can obtain a formal administrative hearing:

Office of the Secretary of State
Administrative Hearings Department
17 N. State St., Ste. 1200, 60602

Office of the Secretary of State
Administrative Hearings Department
54 N. Ottawa St., 4th Fl., 60432

Office of the Secretary of State
Administrative Hearings Department
Rm.212,Howlett Building, 62756

Mount Vernon
Office of the Secretary of State
Administrative Hearings Department
218 S. 12th St., 62864

We represent clients ALL OVER the state of Illinois

Legally, what do I have to show in order to get my Illinois driver's license cleared?

It is very simple. You have to show by a preponderance of the evidence that you have satisfactorily complied with any and all treatment recommendations and have resolved your alcohol problem and that you will be a safe and responsible driver and pose no risk to the drivers inside the state of Illinois.


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