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Driving While License is Suspended or Revoked (6-303)
Driving while your license is suspended or revoked can be one of the most challenging charges for a number of reasons. First, any conviction for driving while your license is suspended will result in your license being suspended for another year. Because many people depend so much on being able to drive, they often get another ticket for driving while their license is suspended during the suspension from the first ticket. All too often, this situation repeats itself over and over, and the person gets multiple tickets and finds themself facing mandatory jail time.

Fortunately, our experienced attorneys understand the vicious cycle and know how to stop it. Once the cycle is stopped, it may be possible to clear your driving record, get your case dismissed, and get your license back.

Proof
The statute itself (625 ILCS 5/6-303) states tha a person commits the offense of driving while license is suspended or revoked when s/he drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle on any highway of this state. This means that you do not actually have to be "driving" a vehicle to be charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked. You simply have to be in actual physical control of a vehicle to be liable. This means that you can be sitting behind the wheel with the engine off and still be considered "driving" for the purposes of the law. In addition, while the statute expressly states that the vehicle is on "any highway of this state," courts have determined that this extends to any roadway, including publicly maintained parking lots. The law DOES NOT extend to privately owned parking lots.

Penalties
Driving while your license is suspended can be either a misdemeanor or felony and the penalties range from supervision to mandatory jail time and losing your driver's license for life. Each charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked is extremely fact sensitive and depends on a number of factors so it is extremely important to meet with an attorney before going to court.