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Petitioning For A Restricted Driver’s License

Driving may be necessary for your job, your education or your children. If your license has been suspended or revoked, you may able to fulfill these responsibilities with a restricted driver’s license.

Whether you are moving to Virginia after a drunk driving charge, or have just been convicted of your first DUI, reckless driving or drug offense, our lawyers at MacDowell Law Group, P.C., can help you petition the court for limited driving privileges.

Restricted Driving Privileges Eligibility

There are only certain criminal convictions under which you may be eligible for a restricted operator’s license, including DUI/DWI, as well as reckless driving violations and drug possession convictions. However, if you have been convicted of driving on a suspended license, or have been convicted of certain offenses more than once, you will not be eligible for this privilege. When you come to MacDowell Law Group, P.C., our lawyers will review your case to let you know whether you may be eligible for a conditional license.

If your license is suspended or revoked, bring us your recent DMV Compliance Summary (and driving history), so that our traffic attorneys can best advise you of corrective steps you can take.

Limitations On Driving Conditions

The limitations on a driver’s license are put in place by a judge. For example, the judge may decide that you can only drive to and from work, school, or to see your children. Installation of an ignition interlock device may be a requirement if you have been convicted of drunk driving. A judge is not obligated to grant you a conditional license. A well-argued petition must be made to the court. Our criminal defense lawyers can present your petition and collect all of the required documents. We will argue for the least restrictive option possible to help you get back on the road and get on with your life.

You must have a valid reason for requesting a restricted operator’s license. For example, you cannot use your conditional license for social driving, running errands or even grocery shopping. Of course, the best way to avoid the challenges of a suspended license is to avoid the suspension in the first place. If you have not yet been convicted for a traffic violation, our attorneys can help fight to get your charges dismissed, reduced or negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor.

DUI And Restricted Licenses

If you are convicted of a DUI, your license will be suspended. However, it is still possible to get a conditional license, although there are certain rules depending on the offense. For example:

  • First offense DUI/DWI: A restricted license is available at the time of conviction.
  • Second offense DUI/DWI within 10 years: A license can be petitioned for after four months with an ignition interlock requirement.
  • Second offense DUI/DWI within five years: A license can be applied for after one year with an ignition interlock requirement.
  • Third offense DUI: You may petition the court three years after the conviction, with an ignition interlock requirement.

We Can Help You Get Back On The Road Legally. Contact Us Today.

Our attorneys will study the circumstances of your traffic violation or conviction to see whether you qualify for a conditional license. Talk to us today. Email us and complete our online contact form or dial 571-748-5647 to make an appointment. From our office in Fairfax, we help clients throughout Northern Virginia. We offer FREE initial consultations in traffic violations cases.