Statutory Summary Suspensions

People who are habitual traffic offenders or who were charged with drinking and driving often face license suspension through a statutory summary suspension. A statutory summary suspension is an action taken by the Illinois Secretary of State suspending a drivers' license for a period of time. Depending on the circumstance of the case and current driving record, a license may be suspended for three months to three years.

If your license was suspended through a statutory summary suspension, the lawyers at Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC, in Edwardsville, Illinois, can work to help you recover your license. We will review and challenge the evidence against you, including police reports, videos and testimony that give reason for the license suspension. We will take into consideration your past record and potential for good behavior to shorten or eliminate the suspension period.

You can learn more about statutory summary suspensions on our DUI/DWI page or by contacting an Illinois drivers' license suspension lawyer at Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC, today.

Suspension Periods

Statutory summary suspensions are often administered after an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Suspension periods are determined by whether you submitted to a breath test after a DUI stop and whether you have prior offenses.

  • First offense, submitted to breath test: drivers' license suspension period is three months
  • First offense, refused breath test: drivers' license suspension period is six months
  • Second offense, submitted to breath test: drivers' license suspension period is one year
  • Second offense, refused breath test: drivers' license suspension period is three years

Changes to Statutory Summary Suspension Laws

As of January 1, 2009, a Judicial Driving Permit is no longer available. As result, you will not be eligible to receive a driving permit for work, school or other commitments.

Contact Us

If your license was suspended or will be suspended under a statutory summary suspension, contact a lawyer at Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC. You can call our office in Edwardsville at 618-307-4054.