Long-Term Driver's License Suspension? Could A Probationary License Get You Behind The Wheel?

24 March 2015
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People who struggle with alcoholism tend to have their driving privileges suspended at some point. Have you struggled with alcohol in the past and have been without driving privileges for a very long time? If so, you may be able to have your privileges restored on a probationary level.

Note: The laws surrounding DUI license suspension vary from state to state. The information that follows is based on Pennsylvania state law to provide you with insight on what could potentially be possible for you.

What is a probationary driver's license?

A probationary driver's license grants the driver driving privileges with set stipulations. Generally, driving privileges are restricted to driving between the hours of 6 A.M. and 7 P.M.; however, it is possible that the hours could be extended if the driver applies for an adjusted time-frame. If you have a job that requires you to drive outside of the set hours, the Department of Transportation could grant you permission to drive to and from work when you need to.

Who can qualify for a probationary driver's license?

In Pennsylvania, drivers who have a suspension of several years could qualify for the probationary driver's license after they have served a portion of their suspension. The length of time required will vary depending on the offenses and suspension period set by the courts. The minimum time period that must have been served is typically 3 to 6 years.

How do you qualify for a probationary driver's license?

To qualify, you must submit an application and fee to the Department of Transportation. The state requires that you prove that you have completed all of the requirements set by the court at the time of your conviction. This includes community service, probation, jail time, rehabilitation, etc.

What do you do if the application is denied?

You have the option of appealing the decision, but this process is best left to your DUI lawyer. The lawyer has prepared the appeal and will be able to represent you at the hearing that you will be required to attend. It is possible to get through the appeals process without a lawyer, but it can be a little more challenging to present your case effectively with no experience.

Considering going through the probationary driver's license program? Start by talking with your DUI lawyer to learn more about the laws in your state and determining if you could qualify before you waste time and money trying for something that just might not happen. To learn more, visit Elgart Ronald H