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How do I get a restricted license after a Virginia DUI?

To get a restricted license after a Virginia DUI, you must petition the court at the time of your plea or conviction, or within a short time thereafter. To file this petition, you can get the help of a Virginia DUI defense attorney.

To receive your restricted driver's license, your Virginia DUI defense attorney can draft a motion and present it to a judge. However, you should be aware that you are never guaranteed a restricted driver's license. Sometimes a judge won't permit you to drive, even if you have met the terms of your conviction. One of these terms will be to successfully complete an Alcohol Safety Action program.

If you have been convicted of your second Virginia DUI within 10 years, you will not be eligible to receive a restricted driver's license for 4 months. If you have been convicted of your second Virginia DUI within 5 years, you will not be eligible for 1 year. If you have been convicted of a third Virginia DUI, you will not be eligible whatsoever.

What will my restricted driver's license allow?

A restricted driver's license will only allow you to drive under certain circumstances, such as:

  • To and from work;
  • To and from school;
  • To and from necessary medical treatment;
  • To and from day care, or authorized medical care for a child; and
  • To and from visitation with a child. 

If your license has been suspended as the result of a Virginia DUI, and you would like to learn about the possibility of receiving a restricted driver's license, you can get the help of a Virginia DUI defense attorney.

How can a Virginia DUI defense attorney help me?

No state is faster at moving cases through the system than Virginia. In the face of defending against Virginia DUI charges, the decision of who will be your lawyer will be one of the most important decisions you make in your life. Before you speak to any lawyer, get a FREE copy of Bob Battle's consumer guide, How to Choose a DUI Lawyer in Virginia.  Or contact Bob Battle to schedule your legal consultation today - 804-673-5600.

Bob Battle
100% of my practice is devoted to serious traffic defense and criminal litigation in state and federal courts