One of the hardest things about getting charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is the risk of losing your license. If you can’t drive, you may not be able to reliably get to work on time every day. You may not be able to work at all if your job involves driving. You may also be unable to provide the necessary support for family members, like your children for your aging parents.
Losing your license can absolutely be a hardship, but thankfully the state recognizes that fact. You can sometimes request a restricted license that allows you to continue driving in certain circumstances.
Can you qualify for a restricted license after a DUI conviction? Here’s what to know:
Was this your first offense?
First-time DUI offenders can usually qualify for a restricted license. In fact, the state may grant it to them immediately without forcing them to serve part of their suspension without any driving privileges at all.
Those who have previous DUI offenses may also qualify for a restricted license, but they may have to wait. Someone who has a second DUI within five years of their first will have to wait a year for restricted driving privileges. If a second offense occurs between five and ten years after a first offense, the waiting period drops to only four months. Those convicted of a third offense can only qualify for a restricted license after waiting three years.
With a restricted license, you have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle and perform a test every time you drive. Knowing the rules that govern DUI charges and their secondary consequences in Virginia can help you protect your license and your job.