(217) 528-2183

725 South 4th Street, Springfield, IL, United States

Greg W. Sronce

If you have been convicted of DUI your license will be revoked and you will be required to Petition Illinois' Secretary of State to Reinstate your drivers license. Below are the "nuts and bolts"of this process. Call today and Attorney Sronce will explain what needs to be done in order to for you to Petition for Reinstatement.  



Depending on your Driving Record, you may be eligible for an Informal Hearing or you may be required to undergo a Formal Hearing at the Secretary of State. If you are denied driving relief at either hearing you will be notified of the reasons and you must correct the issues that resulted in denying reinstatement. Either type of hearing will require you to be able to recall specific details surrounding any and all DUI arrests including dates, reasons for the stop, the sentence you received, BAC if any, and your drinking patterns leading up to the arrests and your drinking patterns after, if any. Prior to conducting a hearing, you will need an Evaluation from a alcohol treatment provider.  Their evaluation will place you into a risk category and you will need to complete whatever treatment the evaluation recommends. Before I forget, you will also need to submit original documents to the Secretary of State so keep your paperwork in order. Your specific risk category will be determined by your driving record, the circumstances of your arrest, your BAC or refusal, and the answers you provided during the evaluation surrounding your history and patterns of drinking. The risk classification will then trigger the issues that must be addressed at the reinstatement hearing.  Below are the Risk Categories and corresponding requirements:

 


Minimal Risk 


  • Must document successful completion of a DUI Risk Education Course.


Moderate Risk
 


  • Must document successful completion of a DUI Risk Education Course.

  • Must document successful completion of an Early Intervention Program on the providing agency’s letterhead indicating the number of hours completed, dates of involvement, a summary of what was explored/addressed and the outcome of your involvement.

  • Must document successful completion of any other substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider. 


Significant Risk


  • Must document successful completion of a DUI Risk Education Course.

  • Must document on an original Secretary of State Treatment Verification form successful completion of any substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider, including:

    • Copy of the Individualized Treatment Plan.

    • Copy of Discharge Summary.

    • Copy of Continuing Care Plan

    • Original Continuing Care Status Report.

  • If no treatment provided, must submit a treatment waiver prepared on the providing agency’s letterhead.


High Risk — Dependent


  • Must document on an original Secretary of State Treatment Verification form successful completion of any substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider, including:

    • Copy of Individualized Treatment Plan.

    • Copy of Discharge Summary.

    • Copy of Continuing Care Plan.

    • Original Continuing Care Status Report.

  • If no treatment provided, must submit a treatment waiver prepared on the providing agency's letterhead.

  • Must document complete abstinence from the use of all alcoholic beverages and controlled substances (drugs) by submitting at least three original letters,signed and dated within 45 days prior to your hearing,from individuals (friends,family,etc.) who can verify your abstinence from alcohol/drugs for at least 12 months if seeking reinstatement,but no less than six months for a Restricted Driving Permit. (Witness testimony is acceptable instead of letters.)

  • Must document the establishment of a support/recovery program (Alcoholics Anonymous, church, etc.) by submitting: (Witness testimony is acceptable instead of letters.)

    • At least three original letters, signed and dated within 45 days prior to your hearing, from fellow members/participants, verifying your active involvement in your support program. If you have a support recovery program sponsor,must submit an original letter from your sponsor documenting your active involvement in your support program, signed and dated within 45 days prior to your hearing. 


High Risk — Non-Dependent


  • Must document on an original Secretary of State Treatment Verification form, successful completion of any substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider, including: 

    • Copy of Individualized Treatment Plan.

    • Copy of Discharge Summary.

    • Copy of Continuing Care Plan.

    • Original Continuing Care Status Report.

  • If no treatment provided, must submit a treatment waiver prepared on the providing agency’s letterhead.

  • Must submit at least three original letters,signed and dated within 45 days prior to the hearing,from individuals (friends,family, etc.) who can verify either your alcohol/drug use pattern or abstinence for at least the last 12 months if seeking reinstatement, but no less than six months for a Restricted Driving Permit. (Witness testimony is acceptable instead of letters.)

  • Must submit an additional report from the treatment provider explaining why dependency was ruled out and the cause of your behavior that resulted in three or more DUI dispositions. This requirement cannot be waived.