Category Miscellaneous

Reinstating An Illinois Driver’s License

Wooden judge gavel and car keys over sound box - view from topWhile the law firm often focuses on divorce and family matters, it also provides services relating to reinstating driving privileges.

In Illinois, a DUI offense–driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs–can result in a restricted driving permit or revocation of your driver’s license. In some situations, you may need the assistance of an attorney and/or a state-approved evaluation agency to restore driving privileges after DUI.

Here is a brief outline of the license reinstatement process.

DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY FOR REINSTATEMENT – Normally, your license will not be returned to you until the eligibility date set by the court. However, your license could be reinstated if you provide proof of ‘undue hardship’ for reasons of employment; medical; child, elder or disabled persons daycare; educational; support group; or court-ordered community service reasons, per the Illinois Secretary of State.

ATTEND INITIAL CONSULTATION – This occurs regardless of your reinstatement eligibility.

COMPLETE DRUG/ALCOHOL REQUIREMENTS – If your license was revoked for DUI, you will be required to undergo DUI Risk Education and Treatment within six months prior to your hearing date by a Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA)-licensed provider. The DUI evaluations determine what level of treatment, if any, each person must receive.

ATTEND A HEARING – This hearing determines either that your license will be fully reinstated or that you will have a restricted driving permit and perhaps a breath alcohol ignition device in your vehicle. If your offense was a first-time DUI or did not involve a fatality, it is an informal hearing. Fatalities or multiple DUI arrests warrant Secretary of State Formal Hearings, and you may request representation by a Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney.

When a license reinstatement is denied after an informal hearing, you can apply for a formal hearing or attend another informal hearing in 30 days. If the denial is after a formal hearing, you must wait 90 days for a new hearing.

Anyone granted a Restricted Driving Permit will be informed of the conditions that must be met.

If your Illinois driver’s license has been revoked for a DUI offense, my office is a state-licensed counseling and treatment provider for drug and alcohol abuse, and we can represent you at a formal hearing if required. Contact me to learn more about how we can help with all aspects of license reinstatement and evaluations.


Erin_Birt_37033-199x300Illinois attorney Erin Birt is a skilled legal professional with over ten years of experience in trial and divorce law serving clients in many DuPage County cities including Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville and Winfield.

She opened the Law Firm of Erin Birt, P.C. in 2010 to offer her clients alternative divorce resolution services, specialized collaborative divorce options and family law expertise. She also opened The Birt Group, a state-licensed DUI Counseling Firm in 2011.

Ms. Birt holds a J.D. from DePaul College of Law and is a member of the Collaborative Practice Professionals of Illinois, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the DuPage County Bar Association.

Erin Birt Published in November Issue of DCBA Brief

smiling girlsThe November issue of the DCBA Brief is out. DuPage County Family Law Attorneys Erin Birt and Elizabeth Chacko co-authored the article “The Changing Role of the Tender Years Doctrine: Gender Bias, Parenthood, and Illinois Law” in this months DCBA Brief.  Click here to read the article on page 26.

Erin and Elizabeth are also the vice-chair and chairman of the DCBA Child Advocacy Committee.  Attorneys are invited to attend the next meeting scheduled for November 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM when 4 child experts will present on the effects of divorce, the stages of change for a child, the helpful resources available for a child, and how to use the available resources to help any child cope with a separation or divorce.


Erin Birt has been a family law attorney for the last 10 years.  Prior to that she worked as a clerk at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in both the criminal division and the child support enforcement division.  Erin focuses her practice of law on the delicate issues of family law and strives to reach a private resolution in all matters for the benefit of the parties and their children.  To learn more about her services and practice philosophy, please visit our website or contact us at (630) 891-2478.

Take a Virtual Tour of our Office

We invite you to take a virtual tour of our office.  The Law Firm of Erin Birt & The Birt Group help people through transitions in a comfortable and private setting.  We hope you will take a moment to tour our office and see for yourself the environment of our Illinois Family Law Firm and Illinois Licensed DUI Services Agency.

The Wheaton Illinois Family Law Firm of Erin Birt serves clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville, Winfield, Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, Lombard, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, and Oak Brook as well as other cities located in DuPage County. We have experience serving clients in Cook County, Will County, and Kane County.

The Birt Group, Inc. offers Alcohol & Drug Counseling and Illinois DUI Evaluations, Risk Education, and Treatment.  Our Illinois DUI Services in DuPage County are approved by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and is listed as an Authorized and Approved Service Provider of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court. Our Illinois DUI Counseling is approved for any DUI arrest in Illinois, subject to County Local Court Rules.

To speak with our friendly staff and to inquire about services, please contact us at (630) 891-2478.



Offices Closed July 2, 2012

The law firm and The Birt Group, Inc. are closed today, Monday July 2, 2012, due to the July 1, 2012 storms that have affected Wheaton, IL.  Our apologies for any delay in services that this may cause.  We plan to open the office on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

*Note: The office is scheduled to be closed for the July 4th holiday.*

Wheaton Illinois Family Law: New Address

Wheaton Illinois Family Law firm, The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C., has moved to a larger new location.  We are now conveniently located next to the DuPage County Judicial Center in Wheaton Illinois.  The new address for the firm is 2100 Manchester Road, Suite 935, Wheaton, IL 60187.  Clients can easily obtain directions to the new location on the contact page of our website

Wheaton’s Make a Difference Day 2011

As a member of the City of Wheaton’s Community Relations Commission, I am proud of the wonderful turnout for 2011 Make a Difference Day! The residents of Wheaton contributed more than 10,000 lbs of food to the People’s Resource Center and donated several trucks of food and toiletries for Operation Support Our Troops. There were many other events of kindness taking place all over Wheaton.  Please read about the amazing students, churches, organizations, and individuals who helped make a difference in the life of another.  Truly inspiring!