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Glossary of Essential Terms

If you’re trying to secure a license reinstatement in Illinois, you should contact the law firm of Johnson & Goldrich. Attorneys Michael Johnson and Judd Goldrich have more than 25 years of combined experience helping Illinois residents regain their driving privileges, and they want to help you as well.

Understanding all the rules, regulations and terminology connected with losing and regaining your driving privileges can be confusing, and hopefully, this glossary of essential terms will provide some clarity.


Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) – A breathalyzer installed in your vehicle that tests your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If your BAC is above a certain level, you will not be able to start your vehicle.

Breath test – The most popular way to test a person’s BAC. A BAC of 0.08 means there are 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. You’re considered to be under the influence if your BAC is 0.08 or more.

Full reinstatement of license – Requirements for reinstatement of your driver’s license are complicated and vary, depending on whether your license has been suspended or revoked. The Law Office of Johnson and Goldrich can help you through this process

Informal hearings– Offered for a single loss of driving privileges from Driving Under the Influence (DUI), for offenses not involving a fatality, or for minor moving offenses.

Formal hearings– Held for offenses involving a fatality or for multiple DUI convictions.

License suspension – If you take and fail or refuse the breathalyzer after being pulled over for suspicion of DUI, your licenses will be suspended.

License revocation – If you are convicted of DUI or are convicted for causing the death of someone while operating a motor vehicle, your license will be revoked.

Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) – A permit allowing you to drive at certain times of the day and in certain areas while your license is suspended or revoked. You must go through the informal/formal hearing process to obtain an RDP.

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Whatever your status, if you’re seeking license reinstatement, contact the experienced attorneys at Johnson & Goldrich and let us help you, just as we have helped thousands of other Illinois drivers regain their driving privileges.

Stop worrying and give us a call or text us at 312.795.1801 or submit the form below.