Temporary Licenses After a DUI Conviction
By: Mike Stetzer
It can be devastating to receive a DUI misdemeanor or felony charge. In many ways your entire life may be turned upside by what is often a very confusing process. The loss of driving privileges is one of the most inconvenient aspects of getting arrested for DUI. Fortunately, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to obtain a temporary license during this time.
Know Your State’s Laws
Each state has different laws for DUI penalties, including when the revocation goes into effect, the length of time you'll be without a license, and what to do to reinstate it. Since every state has its own set of laws, it’s important to know what your state requires. Your state's DMV website or a local DUI attorney may be a good resource here.
Keep Your Cool
Although you might be feeling anxious and upset, make sure to be courteous with everyone involved in the arrest and the DUI hearing. If you are uncooperative at any point in this process, the chances of retaining or reinstating your license after DUI may decrease.
Temporary Licenses and Restrictions
Depending on the laws in your specific state, you may be able to get a temporary license if yours is taken away at the time of the arrest. This temporary license may be valid up until the time of the DUI hearing. If your license is revoked, you might have to wait a certain amount of time and pay a fine before you can get your permanent license back.
In addition, you could be required to attend a rehabilitation class or program before you can have driving privileges again.
Some temporary licenses come with restrictions. For example, you might only be able to drive to and from work. It's important to know the steps you need to take in order to get a temporary license and all of the rules involved.
Connect with a Lawyer Near You Today
Since each state may have different laws and procedures for obtaining temporary licenses, this process can be very complex. But you don't need to navigate these regulations on your own. Just fill out the form below to be connected with an attorney in your state of residence.