Driving While License Suspended or Revoked 625 ILCS 5/6-303
If your license is suspended or revoked, you need to get your driving privileges reinstated as soon as possible. It may seem like a harmless offense, but Driving While License Suspended or Revoked ("DWLS/R") is taken very seriously in Illinois.
At a minimum, DWLS/R starts as a class A misdemeanor. At its most severe, DWLS/R can be charged as a class 2 non-probationable felony, meaning you would need to serve a minimum of three years in prison.
Problems associated with DWLS/R charges frequently snowball out of control. Often times a person with a suspended or revoked license will make the decision to drive. When caught driving again, their suspension/revocation gets extended, they are given higher fines, and they are required to complete a massive amount of community service hours or serve jail/prison time. The suspensions continue to get extended, the fines keep piling up, and people keep driving to their jobs to try to get out of this mess.
The chart below summarizes the sentencing and mandatory minimums for DWLS/R. Note that this chart is not an exhaustive list of all consequences for DWLS/R. It is a reference point regarding DWLS/R. There are many additional factors that can create different mandatory minimums. It is important to consult with an attorney if you are charged with DWLS/R.