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How To Get A Restricted License After A Virginia DUI (Part A)

If you have recently been convicted of a Virginia DUI you may have had your driver's license suspended. This can be a significant hindrance to your personal life, your professional life, and your ability to take care of the most basic daily needs. But in Virginia, you may be able to get a restricted driver's license that will allow you to drive under certain conditions after a Virginia DUI.

What is a restricted driver's license?

A restricted driver's license is also known as a work or hardship license. It allows you to drive under certain restrictions that are set forth by a Virginia court. The conditions of a restricted driver's license can vary from case to case, and it is up to a judge to determine what your restricted license will allow.

However, a restricted license is not guaranteed after a Virginia DUI. Again, it is up to the judge to give you permission to drive under limited circumstances. But you can increase your chances of getting a license with the help of a DUI attorney. An attorney will fight for your right to drive after a Virginia DUI.

What will my restricted driver's license allow?

A restricted driver's license will only permit you to do certain things. With a restricted license, your driving may be limited to: 

  • To and from work;
  • Only when on official business;
  • To and from school;
  • To and from medical treatment, for yourself or another authorized person;
  • To and from school, day care, or other child-related activities;
  • To and from an authorized visitation with a child; and/or
  • To and from alcohol education and safety school. 


To know what your restricted driver's license permits, or to ask a judge for specific permissions, you can get the professional help of a Virginia DUI attorney. An attorney may help you obtain a Virginia restricted driver's license.

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