If charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you are going to worry about what a conviction means for your future. Besides the obvious worry about possible jail time or fines, you may wonder what a conviction will do to your driving privileges.

In Virginia, even this is your first DUI conviction, you could lose driving privileges for a year. You do have ways to stay driving after a DUI, so that life keeps moving forward.

Do you qualify for a restricted license?

You may be able to get a restricted license, but there are specific qualifications you must meet.

Currently, with a restricted license, you can only drive to certain places, including:

  • To and from work
  • To and from Alcohol Safety Action Program meetings
  • To and from school
  • Child visitation

To take a qualifying trip with a restricted license, you need to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This device tests your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when you blow into it. If the result of you blowing into the machine is over a specific number, your vehicle will not start.

While a court determines how long the ignition interlock must be installed, the minimum restriction is six months, but it will not exceed the original suspension period.

Obtaining your restricted license

Losing your license not only affects your independence but also the lives of those around you.

To receive a restricted license, you will need to petition the court. While it may seem like an easy process, working with an attorney can help avoid any potential complications that would cause the court to deny your petition.