This Chicago DUI attorney has posted here, here, and here about Driving While License Suspended/Revoked when the basis of that Suspension or Revocation is a DUI.
Things can go from bad to worse whenever one is charged with a DUI. It is especially important, even if your DUI charges are dismissed to make sure you pay any reinstatement fees or else you could find yourself facing jail time, or even worse prison time with a felony charge. No. I don’t mean jail time or a felony charge for the DUI; I mean jail time or a felony charge, as my clients frequently say, “just for driving.”
This week I’ve already represented three people facing time in prison, not for the offense of driving drunk, or for causing an accident where someone died or was seriously injured, but “just for driving.” The best way to avoid this charge is to stay away from cars, even as a passenger, without a valid driver behind the wheel.
This particular offense is especially difficult, considerably more difficult than many DUI’s, drug charges, battery charges, or gun charges to try and win. All that is required to be charged with the offense is driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle. That means you could be sitting in the car listening to music or even sleeping in the car can get you charged with the offense. That legal definition put an awful lot of folks between a rock and a hard place.
Still this week, none of the folks I represented are going to jail or prison. Now they all know just how serious this offense is. It is far better to avoid being charged than it is to have to defend a charge of Driving While License Suspended/Revoked when the penalty could be years in prison.