State Law determines whether you can get a limited driving permit; not the judge.
Depending upon your state's laws relating to a limited driving permit or restricted driver's license, the availability of such a restricted right to drive is almost always a matter controlled by statute, not a judge's discretion. So, if a restricted permit to drive is available and you comply with the conditions to get such a permit, a restricted license should be available to you, at least for a first offense in an impaired driving case.
There is no constitutional right to a limited driving permit
Limited driving permits are a creation of state statute and are not a "right" under any state or federal constitution. This means that the availability of such a permit is controlled by state law. Your DUI-DWI defense specialist will be able to guide you through the steps needed to obtain such a "work permit" or limited occupational license.
Most states allow a limited driving permit for a DUI-DWI first time offender
In most states, if your arrest for DUI-DWI is a first-time violation, there are circumstances under which you may have a limited or restricted driver's license available to you. Typically, if you meet your state's criteria, the limited license will identify what types of driving activity are permitted, and for what limited purposes. Many states will allow a permit to first offenders who submit to testing, but will deny any limited permit to a person who refused to be tested for alcohol or drugs.
Can I drive to work? When can I get a limited driver's license?
Certainly, one of the most pressing questions you have is to determine if you can drive to and from work. Many people also travel out of state and need to rent cars when they get to remote destinations. Depending on your state's guidelines, you may be required to wait 10, 30 or 90 days to get a limited or restricted license after a DUI-DWI arrest or possibly after the criminal conviction. In some jurisdictions, certain drivers may be required to install an ignition interlock device prior to receiving their restricted license or work permit that allows restricted driving privileges (or must prove that they have contracted to install such a device).
What does a restricted license or "work" permit cover?
A restricted license or "work" permit severely restricts your ability to drive, determining where and when you can operate a vehicle. Thus, a "work" permit may help you with some of the transportation problems you face following your DUI-DWI arrest, but is seldom the solution to all of your problems. For example, most rental car companies will not allow you to rent their vehicles without a full driver's license.
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