Getting A Restricted License After A DUI

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Getting even one DUI can have a lot of consequences, and some of the consequences can affect your ability to drive. If you are facing this charge right now and really need to drive, you should talk to your lawyer about getting a restricted driver's license. While there is no guarantee the court will approve it, fighting for one is worthwhile, as a restricted license is better than no license.

The definition of a restricted license

A restricted license, also called a hardship license, is a special type of driver's license that gives a person the legal right and ability to drive, but the person can only legally drive with a restricted license to approved places. In most cases, people with restricted licenses are able to drive to and from work, and they are generally able to drive their children to all the places they must go. Additionally, you may be able to drive to doctor appointments, church, and a few other places; however, you can only drive to and from the places that are permitted with your license. If you drive other places and are pulled over, you could end up with a suspended driver's license.  

Tips for getting approved for one

If you lost your license and want to get restricted privileges, you will have a better chance of getting approved for this if you use a lawyer for help. Your lawyer can walk you through the process of applying for one, and you should understand that this would most likely have to be approved by a judge. You will need to prove that you have good reasons to need one, and you will be more likely to get approved for one if your driving record is relatively clean.

What to do afterwards

After getting approved for a restricted license, there are several things you should do afterwards. The first is make sure you only drive to and from the approved places. Secondly, you must avoid getting any further driving violations during this time. Finally, you may want to work with your lawyer to find out what you would need to do to get a regular driver's license back. In some cases, all you can do is wait a certain amount of time, but in other cases, there may be other options you could use.

If you lost your license due to a DUI, or if you need help fighting your DUI case, talk to a DUI defense lawyer who specializes in helping people with traffic crimes.


16 September 2019