In some states, if you are arrested and convicted for a DUI, or if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test, your drivers' license will automatically be suspended. If it's very important that you drive, you should speak with a DUI lawyer once this has happened. You may be able to obtain a restricted license.
Types of Restricted Licenses
There are two ways in which you can obtain a restricted license. You can obtain an occupational restricted license or you can obtain an interlock device license. Make sure to consult with your lawyer about which option is a better idea because they both have their own restrictions.
Occupational Restricted License
With this type of license, you will only be allowed to drive if you are traveling to a designated activity. This will typically be if you are traveling to work but you may also travel to school or to receive medical treatment. If you will be participating in a substance abuse program or will be participating in community service, you may drive under those circumstances.
You will also need to pay several fees, obtain a surety bond, an SR-22 insurance certificate, and an application that includes a non-refundable fee. There are also restrictions on whether you are able to obtain this type of license. For example, you may not be able to obtain a restricted license if the case that led to your license suspension involved fraud.
Interlock Device Licenses
The interlock device is installed on your car and requires that you periodically breathe into the device to prove that you have not consumed alcohol. If you do not breathe into the interlock device, and if you do not stop your car periodically, the car will stop functioning.
However, even if you have had your license suspended, you will not automatically qualify for an interlock license. Whether or not you are able to obtain this license depends on the nature of your charge and whether you are a habitual offender. You will then need to pay a private company to install the device and will have to pay a rental fee.
Why You Need a DUI Attorney
An attorney specialized in DUIs will help you through each stage of your DUI. The attorney will help you decide which of these options is better for you and if you involve a DUI attorney in your case early on you'll be more likely to have your charges dismissed. Contact a DUI attorney to learn more.