If you drive with a suspended license in Illinois, you could face a variety of penalties. However, there is a chance that you are driving with a suspended license and don’t even know it. While authorities will likely send a notice by mail, there is a chance that you won’t receive it or mistakenly throw it away thinking that it is junk mail.

Common reasons a license could be suspended

A drivers license may be suspended because of a drug or alcohol DUI, and it could also be suspended for driving in a reckless manner. In most cases, you will receive a ticket for such violations, and you will likely be notified about a license suspension on the ticket or in court.

You might not be looking for a notice

The DMV may send a letter stating that your insurance has lapsed, your car’s registration was not renewed or that you have an unpaid traffic ticket. Failing to take care of these issues may result in your license being suspended. However, if you have moved, the notice could have been sent to your old address. If you aren’t aware that your insurance or registration has lapsed, you may not even think to open that letter from the DMV. Ultimately, this could result in a situation in which you are breaking the law whether you realize it or not.

How to find out if a license is suspended

It is relatively easy to find out if your license has been suspended for any reason. Typically, you can check the status of your license by going to the DMV or making a call to your auto insurance company. If you discover that your insurance policy has lapsed or that your license is suspended, you may be able to rectify the problem in a matter of minutes or hours.

If you are facing DUI charges after a traffic stop, it may be advisable to have the assistance of a criminal law attorney. Doing so may make it easier to obtain a plea agreement or get a case dismissed entirely.