One of the most surprising effects of DUI to most people is the concept that before any determination of guilt or innocence is made, after a DUI arrest, the Illinois Secretary of State will suspend your Illinois driving privileges. This is called a Statutory Summary Suspension, and yes, it is legal.
Once you've been arrested and either refused testing or the officer has the results of a positive breath, blood or urine test in hand, you'll be served with a "Notice of Statutory Summary Suspension" form. If you refused any test, or took a breath test, this will typically be handed to you by the arresting police officer. If you took a different chemical test, the officer may have mailed you a notice.
In either case, once you have been legally served with the notice of Illinois summary suspension, the clock starts ticking. The Secretary of State will receive a notice, and 46 days after the date you were served, will enter a suspension of your Illinois driver's license.
How long? What can you do about it? We invite you to watch our informative videos, then contact us to discuss your case in depth.
Illinois Statutory Summary Suspension - First DUI