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Getting Around Following a DUI Conviction

Although it may be tempting to drive with a suspended license after your DUI, it simply is not worth it. Penalties for driving under suspension include a $500 fine plus mandatory jail time of 60 to 90 days because the original offense causing revocation was alcohol-related.

If you are under the influence of alcohol and caught driving with a suspended license, the penalties are stiffer. You may end up in jail for two years and fined up to $5,000, face further periods of revocation, or have your vehicle impounded.

Of course, those are just the legal repercussions. Jail time puts you at risk for job loss, eviction, repossession of vehicles or other equipment due to your inability to make payments, and creates distress to personal and family relationships. Insurance premiums for your vehicle increase and you may find it difficult to obtain car insurance once you are able to drive again.

Occupational limited license

If you have no prior DUI convictions in the last 10 years, apply for a limited occupational license after your minimum 60 day suspension period expires. You can drive to and from work, school, or medical appointments with an OLL, which is granted for your suspension term.  A decision takes 20 days from the date your petition is received by the Department of Transportation.

ARD

First time DUI offenders without a prior DUI conviction may be eligible for the Accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program. Acceptance to the program depends on the circumstances surrounding your arrest and specific restitution requirements. Your DUI attorney works with the District Attorney to get you into the program. Suspension may be avoided under the ARD program depending on your blood alcohol level at the time of arrest and your suspension period may be shorter.

Losing your license is frustrating. Ask friends and family members for a ride, carpool with coworkers, or take public transport. Most importantly—do not get behind the wheel.

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