Virginia residents like you should understand that DUI cases are handled very seriously in the state. Even a first-time DUI-related conviction can result in you losing your license for a time. Robert F. Rider, PLC, is here to talk about the possibility of pursuing restricted driving privileges if your license has been suspended.
Restricted driving privileges allow a driver whose license has been suspended due to a DUI-related incident to drive even with the suspension in place. However, you are only allowed to drive in certain situations. Driving for recreational purposes such as going to the movies or meeting up with friends are usually not covered under a restricted license. Instead, it is meant to be used for things like attending school, work, medical appointments or religious activities.
Accordingly, you are most likely to benefit from a restricted driving license if you do anything that falls under one of the aforementioned categories. Some examples can include college students, practitioners of religion that might find it dangerous to travel via public transport to their destination, or people with severe medical conditions that make public transportation an impossible option. Many people who work outside of their own home will also fall into this category, as being able to drive may allow you to keep your job.
If you have been convicted of a crime that has resulted in a suspension of your license, consider taking a look at our web page on DUI defense, linked here. You can read more about your options and more about restricted driving privileges in general to decide if you believe it's worth it to pursue.