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Limited Driving Privileges in Wheeling

When facing an DUI arrest in Wheeling, it’s crucial to have the guidance of a knowledgeable Wheeling WV criminal lawyer like Sean Logue. With a deep understanding of the law, Sean can help explain the requirements to obtain limited driving privileges during this challenging time.

Following an DUI arrest, your driver’s license will be suspended by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles under an administrative license suspension (ALS). It’s essential to file an immediate appeal to avoid serving the entire ALS, regardless of the case’s outcome.

Limitations of Driving to Work Privileges

However, it’s important to note that there are specific time restrictions when it comes to obtaining limited driving privileges after a court-ordered license suspension. Requests made during these time periods may face denial. The restrictions are as follows:

  • First DUI offense: First 30 days after the suspension date
  • Second refusal to submit to BAC test within 6 years: First 90 days after the suspension date
  • Third refusal to submit within 6 years: First year after the date of suspension
  • Fourth refusal to submit to a chemical test within 6 years: First three years following the suspension date

It’s worth mentioning that individuals with three or more DUI convictions, or those who have pleaded guilty to DUI three or more times within a 7-year period, are not eligible for Limited Driving Privileges.

Court-Ordered DUI Suspensions and Limited Driving Privileges

Individuals facing court-ordered DUI suspensions may be eligible for limited driving privileges, granted by the judge based on specified reasons and additional considerations. During the period following an DUI arrest, the driver must endure the suspension; however, once this timeframe is completed, they can petition the court for limited driving privileges.

To retain certain driving privileges, the driver must submit a petition to the appropriate court once they receive notice of their license suspension. If approved, the driver will be permitted to operate a motor vehicle for essential activities such as commuting to school or work, attending doctor and court appointments, transporting minor children to school or daycare, and participating in court-ordered treatment sessions. Additionally, the driver is allowed to take a driver’s license or CDL test.

The request for these Limited Driving Privileges must be filed with the court that oversees the jurisdiction where the driver was arrested. This may be a county court or a municipal court. In the case of a minor driver, the request must be filed in juvenile court.

If the driver’s application for occupational driving is approved, they may be required by law to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle or have restricted (“party”) plates assigned to their car.

An ignition interlock device acts as a safeguard, preventing the vehicle from starting until the driver provides an alcohol-free breath sample. If alcohol use is detected, the car will not start. Additionally, the device randomly tests the driver’s breath while driving, automatically shutting off the vehicle if alcohol use is detected.

In certain situations, the judge may exercise discretion in utilizing optional tools like the ignition interlock and party plates. However, in other instances, these tools are mandated by law.

To acquire limited driving privileges, drivers must fulfill specific mandatory requirements, including:

  1. Payment of a filing fee to the court.
  2. Obtaining a court order that modifies the suspension.
  3. Possession and maintenance of a valid, non-expired driver’s license.
  4. Adherence to all reinstatement and suspension requirements.
  5. Providing the court with proof of car insurance (also known as financial responsibility) and filing this proof with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, fulfilling the necessary duration.

If you find yourself in need of driving privileges after an DUI conviction, rely on Wheeling WV DUI lawyer Sean Logue. He understands the importance of driving for your job or taking care of your children. Give him a call at (304) 381-3656 for assistance.

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