By Steven R. Roach
As stated in my previous article, the keys to a successful Illinois Secretary of State Driver’s License Reinstatement Hearing are preparation and consistency. While at the Secretary of State Formal Hearing Offices, I often find myself observing many unrepresented petitioners/motorists being called upon to speak with an Attorney representing the Secretary of State, before entering the hearing room. These attorneys are there to determine if the petitioner has all of the documents required to proceed with the hearing. The most common mistakes petitioners make are having outdated uniform report / updated evaluations, forgetting to include the proof of risk education, and some high-risk petitioners failing to include the letters of abstinence and letters of support. Those petitioners that are turned away are then significantly delayed in continuing their efforts for driving relief. This could be quite discouraging, and many simply give up trying. This often leads to the individual re-entering the vicious cycle of driving out of necessity for work or family, while risking getting caught by law enforcement, and facing serious penalties, including jail.