Losing your driving privileges is never easy, but in a car-centric city like San Diego, it can be a major problem. Unfortunately, if you are convicted for driving under the influence, you will lose your license. But there is hope. A restricted license can allow you to drive to and from school, work, and your court-mandated alcohol treatment classes. Not everyone can qualify for these licenses and the rules can be a bit complex, which is why you should speak to your San Diego DUI attorney if you have any questions about obtaining a restricted license after a drunk driving conviction.
Minors generally cannot receive a restricted license unless they can show they have hardships that require them to obtain a “critical need” restrictes license. A San Diego DUI lawyer can help you prove hardship if you believe you may qualify. If you won at the DMV hearing and have not had another DUI conviction in the last 10 years, you can obtain a restricted license immediately, if you lost at the DMV hearing or did not schedule one, you will need to wait through the 30 day hard suspension before you can obtain your restricted license. If you had a previous DUI in the last 10 years and have had no probation violations, you will need to install an ignition interlock device in your car and wait 90 days before you can apply for a restricted license.
The fee for the license is $125 and anyone who wants get one will need to get SR-22 insurance and enroll in a DUI program before applying. No matter what, you cannot get a restricted license if you refused to take a chemical test at the time of your arrest. It is important to note that obtaining a restricted license is not mandatory and in some cases, it may lengthen the amount of time your regular license suspension will apply.
It is advisable to discuss the process with your San Diego DUI attorney so you can understand how the restricted driver’s license will affect you. If you have any questions, please call (760) 643-4050 OR (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with top San Diego DUI lawyer Peter M. Liss.
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