You made the mistake of driving after having one too many to drink. You got a DUI, maybe went to jail or served house arrest, paid all of your fines, went to Alcoholics Anonymous, lost your license and now, you want your driving privileges back. What hoops will you have to jump through? Is there any way to get your license back before the restoration date you were given?
In some states, a probationary driver's license is an option. After you have served a portion of your suspension, it is possible that your state will issue you a license that will allow you to drive legally between certain hours or to certain places.
Who is eligible for a probationary license?
Individuals that have a suspended license and have served a portion of their suspension with no issue could qualify for the probationary license. In Pennsylvania, the length of the served suspension must be between 3 to 6 years depending on the length of the suspension.
What is required of you after you get the probationary license?
You will likely be required to install an interlock ignition device on your vehicle. This device is tied into the starting system of the car and requires a breath sample each time you start the car and every 15 minutes or so while you are driving. This device is required for a period of time depending on your original conviction. In many cases, it will be required for one year.
You will be limited to drive only during certain times of the day. In Pennsylvania, the authorized time is between 6 AM and 7 PM every day of the week. If you work outside of those hours, you can submit a request for exception and wait to get approval from the state. Then, you will be allowed to drive to and from work outside the hours typically allowed.
How do you get a fully restored driver's license?
Once you receive the notice of license restoration, you will be required to start the driver's license process from scratch. You will be required to take the written permit test, which after you pass, you will not be able to drive without a licensed driver in the car. Then, you have to take the road test and pass it. At this time, you will have a fully restored driver's license and no longer have restrictions to abide by.
This is your second chance. You have learned an important and hard to take lesson about using better judgement before getting behind the wheel of a car. Take this chance and do your best to maintain sobriety while behind the wheel. The next DUI will be more difficult to recover from.
For more information, contact Law Offices of Daniel Aaronson or a similar firm.
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