Understanding Restricted Licenses And Ignition Interlock Devices
For most people, the most devastating consequence of a DUI conviction is the driver’s license revocation. While you may qualify for a restricted license or ignition interlock device, it will come at a cost.
At The Law Office of Massey McClusky Fuchs & Ballenger in Memphis, our lawyers will work hard to protect your driving privileges following a DUI arrest. Our goal is to resolve your DUI case in a way that protects your driving privileges. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your options.
Restricted Driver’s Licenses
If you are convicted of a first DUI offense or refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer test, your driver’s license will be revoked for one year. However, you can apply for a restricted license. This will allow you to drive to work, school and church. You will need to pay high-risk SR-22 auto insurance. If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), it will be suspended, and your restricted license will not allow you to drive a commercial vehicle.
If you are arrested for driving while your license has been revoked for DUI conviction or refusal, three things can happen:
- You will serve a minimum of 48 hours in jail.
- The state can seize your car.
- You will be charged with violating probation.
Ignition Interlock Devices
If you have multiple offenses and in certain other circumstances, the judge can order you to install an ignition interlock device at your expense. When you install this device, you can drive without restrictions. However, minimum first-year costs could exceed $1,000.