Are there any driving privilege options beside a "Work" Permit if I refused to be tested on the official state DUI-DWI instrument(s)?
If your permanent driver's license is taken by the police, besides a temporary permit you may receive as a result of a test refusal, another option may exist for you to be able to legally drive following a license suspension after a DUI-DWI stop. If available, you will be required to prove that you "qualify" for conditional or limited driving privileges.
How is the issuance of a "Work" Permit for a Limited or Restricted Driver's License decided?
The issuance of restricted privileges to drive may be at the discretion of the court, and not by your choice, and not within the control of your attorney. The issuance of restricted driving privileges may be set by state statute, with defined guidelines for eligibility.
What circumstances would possibly qualify for a Limited or Restricted Driver's License?
In most states, if your arrest for DUI-DWI is a first one in your lifetime, there are circumstances under which you may have a limited or restricted driver's license reissued to you if you meet certain criteria (such as true necessity), no other travel sources are available to you, a lack of other circumstances attendant to your arrest, and/or to attend further alcohol or drug testing or treatment.
The driving privilege for a "Work" Permit for a Limited or Restricted Driver's License typically granted for how long?
Often, the reissuance of a limited permit will only be allowed after 30, 60 or 90 days, although. One of the requirements may be for you to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation.
If I lose my driving privileges completely, how long will it be before they are restored?
In some jurisdictions, any refusal that occurs can be a basis for a total deprivation of driving privileges for a fixed period of time. The length of total suspension (or revocation) can be 90 days, 180 days, one year or possibly younger, depending if this is your first alcohol related offense or a repeat offense (involving a prior administrative suspension or revocation).
If I obtain a "Work" Permit to drive, what are the possible restrictions or limitations?
You may be able to obtain a special exemption and get a restricted driver's license to continue traveling to work. Certainly, the basic requirements are that you have a job that requires you to drive and that you have no other reasonable way to get around without a driver's license. However, such a restricted license also typically severely limits your ability to drive for non-work purposes, and determines where and when you can operate a vehicle. Thus, a work permit may help you with some of the problems you face following your DUI-DWI arrest, but is seldom the solution to all of your problems.
If you have any other specific questions, ask the DUI-DWI specialist attorney handling your case regarding your state's rules. Your DUI-DWI specialist will be able to tell you the specifics regarding your limited driving rights, and the procedure for getting a limited license back if possible. (C) 2006, William C. Head, Atlanta, GA
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