Can I Still Drive to Work If I Got a DUI?
“If I have a DUI, can I still drive to work?” At MPL Law, this is one of the questions we get asked most often in DUI cases. While most of us learned in drivers’ education classes that driving is a privilege, for many adults, it becomes a necessity for getting to work, school and other engagements. Losing driving privileges after a DUI or getting a license suspended can result in significant and immediate problems.
How will you get to work? How can you keep attending school or going to church? How can you drive your family around or run errands? If you live in a rural area especially, getting around can be extremely difficult. You may have to rely on friends and family for errands, or you may need to spend substantial amounts of money on taxis or other driving services.
If I Have a DUI, Can I Drive?
A DUI in Pennsylvania will generally result in automatic suspension of your license, meaning you will not be able to drive right away. This can be extremely difficult, especially if you need to work.
Although it may be tempting to continue to drive with a suspended license, it is important not to do so. Being caught driving with a suspended license after getting a DUI results even more serious penalties and charges. If your case is before the courts, being caught driving with a suspended license can hurt your case. In addition, if you are in a car accident with a suspended license, you will face additional penalties, fines and legal problems. In some cases, the other driver can file civil charges against you.
If you have a DUI and are concerned about your driving privileges, it’s important to consult with an attorney right away. An attorney may be able to help you explore the options that may exist in your case.
One option, for example, is a restricted license, also known as a “bread-and-butter” license. Granted by the DMV, this type of license gives you some limited driving privileges. Using this license, for example, you can generally drive to work, school and perhaps church. However, getting this license isn’t always simple. You may need to agree to certain conditions — such as only using the license for specific driving tasks, using an ignition device or only driving during specific hours. It is important to follow all of these restrictions carefully to ensure your restrictive license isn’t revoked. Violating the terms of your restricted license will also result in further penalties.
Powerful DUI Defense at MPL Law Firm
If you have been charged with a DUI, you’ll want to take steps to protect your driving privileges. Your driver’s license can help you earn a living and can help you live your life to the fullest.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, contact MPL Law as soon as possible for a consultation. Our attorneys believe everyone deserves to be heard and receive compassionate support. We don’t believe one mistake defines you, and we work hard to handle the details of your case so we can minimize the impact on your future.