Greenwood, SC asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: Help with lifetime cdl ban in Illinois.

I had a class A CDL in Illinois. In 2008 I was charged with dui. There was a 6 month statutory summary suspension and my CDL was disqualified for 1 year.

At some point over the next 2 years my license expired and when I went to renew I opted to step down to a regular class D license, giving up my CDL. In 2014 I was charged with driving on a suspended license and 2 months later charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Illinois is telling me that I carried a valid CDL until 2015 which is inaccurate. I gave that up years prior. A CDL is only valid for 5 years in Illinois and I NEVER renewed my CDL. Is it possible that the charges from 2014 could cause a lifetime ban even though I gave up my CDL for a class d long before that? If it still could cause a lifetime disqualification is there a way to have the convictions expunged?

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Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Springfield, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I have seen where there is a mistake in paper work and it appears that one dui was two separate ones due to non matching arrest dates.

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Dan Nold
Dan Nold
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Being guilty of DUI and leaving the scene may result in a lifetime ban from operating commercial motor vehicles. This is a federal government regulation:

https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-49/subtitle-B/chapter-III/subchapter-B/part-383

You cannot expunge traffic offenses. It would be virtually impossible to vacate the most recent leaving the scene as it’s around 7 years old.

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Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You have begun to contemplate your legal options too late: each time you faced these traffic and and criminal charges you should have examined your potential exposure to your driving privilege interruption in 2008 and twice in 2014.

If Illinois is telling you that you had a CDL until 2015, then it is what the state record shows.

In Illinois one cannot legally expunge an arrest and a DUI case disposition ever on the state public safety grounds.

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