Driving Without a Valid License in Illinois
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The State of Illinois requires every operator of an automobile to be licensed by the Secretary of State so that they can control who is qualified to drive and who is not. The licensure requirements allow the state to exclude bad drivers and unsafe drivers who cannot operate a vehicle properly. Unfortunately as a result of our mobile society, it has become more and more difficult to earn a living, get food or provide for oneself without the assistance of a car. So those without a license often find themselves in a position where they feel that they "must" drive.
As a legal matter, there are very few circumstances where a person "must" drive and has no other option. Needing to get to work at the risk of being fired is just not legally a defense to such a ticket. It may be understandable and it may be an excuse, but it's just not a legal defense. Practically the only situation that would likely be acceptable as a defense might be when someone is extremely ill and there is no time to call a cab or an ambulance. This would be a very unusual circumstance.
Laws Concerning Driving Without a Valid License in Chicago
Driving without a valid license includes not only those circumstances where a person has never had a license, but also includes those people who did have a license, but allowed it to expire. The vast majority of people charged with this ticket however have historically been those without social security numbers and consequently have been unable to secure a license from the Secretary of State. Fortunately for such people, who are often undocumented aliens, the State of Illinois has passed legislation that will allow the issuance of a driver's license under certain strictly controlled circumstances.
But for all those charged with this crime, the consequences can be severe as this offense is generally treated as a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $2500 in fines. Representation by a knowledgeable attorney is therefore very important in this situation because even if the defendant is not sentenced to jail, a conviction on this offense will normally suspend that person's privileges to drive in the future.
Call Chicago Defense Lawyers with Experience
The lawyers associated with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC are all experienced Chicago traffic violation attorneys that know the best ways to help you protect your driving privileges and Mitchell Sexner himself is a former traffic Assistant State's Attorney with a proven track record of successes. So call any time at (312) 644-0444 or (800) 996-4824 to set up a free no-obligation consultation and to review your driving record.