Hi, I pled guilty to a DWI charge in NC (level 5) and got my license suspended for 1 year. My lawyer says that I will be eligible to get a limited driving privilege for work after 45 days and I need to get an ignition interlock installed. I currently have a job offer in Virginia. If I decide to take the offer and move there, will I be able to drive on NC's limited driving privilege for work? Or since I will be a resident there, will I have to get a Virginia driving license and transfer my limited driving privilege there? Is that even possible? I'm not even sure if I can get a VA license with a DWI conviction. Any information and suggestions regarding this would be really helpful. Thank you!
1. You can't get that VA license until and unless all NC requirements have been satisfied- which means you must wait 45 days to get an interlock. Until you've had the interlock on your car for a year, NC will not clear you. to be relicensed elsewhere.
2. Your NC lawyer will need to ask the court to permit you to drive out of state on that limited privilege. This may not be possible because that privilege is only supposed to be valid while you are driving within NC BUT you can certainly try,
3. I recommend you contact an experienced VA DUI ( yes, they call it DUI in VA while here it's DWI) attorney in VA and ask them what would happen if you are stopped driving within the Commonwealth on a NC driving privilege. I recommend you call one of the best VA dui defense attorneys up there - his name is Joe McGrath and he is in Richmond- his # is (804) 355-1842,
You're in a tough situation and I wish there was a great, clear answer to help you sort this all out.
A North Carolina limited privilege is valid for driving in North Carolina. The form includes a field for a person's current employer. However, it is unlikely that a North Carolina Judge is going to approve driving across state lines or to allow you to drive back and forth from your new VA residence to your new job in a different state. You should speak with a VA criminal defense attorney to determine what other options you might have.
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No, you cannot transfer the privilege to another state as the other state will not recognize our limited driving privilege (LDP). However, you may be able to go their DMV and apply for a license and receive one. However, as the other attorney alluded to, you will have to comply with ALL of the conditions of the DWI order, including paying court costs, assessment, recommendations, community service, etc. Best of luck!
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