Convicted Of A DUI? Know About The Potential Restrictions When Driving

24 October 2018
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If you're convicted in court of driving under the influence, it is common for some restrictions to be placed on your ability to drive in the near future. Be aware of the possible restrictions you could be looking at so you are well prepared.

Suspended License

People that are convicted of their first DUI often have a temporary license suspension. The total length of that suspension will increase if you have multiple DUI convictions on your record. For instance, a first offense may be as little as a six-month restriction, with a second DUI offense leading to a year-long suspension. If you're caught driving while your license is suspended, you'll face some harsh punishments are a result. In addition to fines and jail time, your license will likely be suspended for a longer period of time.

There may also be conditions on what you must do in order to have your driver's license reinstated. For example, you may have to take a class or prove sobriety in order to have your license reinstated. If you have been working with a DUI attorney, check with them to find out what else you may have to do.

Restricted License

Some states will grant you a restricted license after a DUI. This means that your ability to drive is not completely restored, but you will be given strict guidelines about when and where you can drive.

It is common for a restricted license to only allow you to drive your vehicle to places that are required for work or school. You may also require special considerations for doctor appointments. Each state has their own laws regarding what exceptions are made for a restricted license, so be sure to do some research to see if your situation applies.

Interlock Devices

Another restriction may be put on how you are able to start your car. There are ignition interlock devices that require that you blow into them and prove that you have not been drinking alcohol. The vehicle won't start if there are traces of alcohol when blowing into the device.

Once again, laws are different for each state, with there being requirements on when the device must be installed on your vehicle. For example, some states may require it after a first conviction while another state may require it after a second conviction.

For more information on what kind of restrictions you could be facing due to your DUI, be sure to ask your DUI lawyer.