Driving After a DUI, How to get Back and Forth from Work

If you’ve been convicted of DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol, you’ve probably had your license suspended for at least 30 days, though longer suspensions are very common. This presents the problem of finding transportation to get to work.

In this Drunk Drivers Rights article, we will help you understand the laws in regards to driving after a DUI conviction.

State DUI Laws and License Suspension

State DUI laws vary, but most allow for some return of driving privileges after a period of time. For example, if your license has been suspended for 90 days, in some states you might be given a restricted or provisional license. See a glossary of DUI terms for the specific wording in your state, but here’s what these terms commonly mean.

A restricted or provisional license allows you to drive back and forth to work. It may also allow you to drive to alcohol education classes or counseling that has been ordered by the court. Your DUI attorney usually needs to petition the court for the return of privileges through a restricted or provisional license.

In some states, a breathalyzer ignition interlock device must be added to your car during the suspension period. It prevents the vehicle from being started if a person’s BAC is above the legal limit. For more details on these terms, see a good DUI glossary of terms.

Talk to your DUI attorney about the specific state DUI laws that you’re dealing with. He or she will be able to give you the best suggestions for resolving your transportation issues.

Other Options for Getting to Work after a DUI Conviction

Some state DUI laws are tougher and don’t allow any privileges, especially where the DUI is not the first offense. When your license is suspended without privileges, finding a way to and from work can be a challenge. Some ride a bike. Others pay a co-worker to give them a ride. You might also have a family member or members who can provide transportation.

The hassle of finding a way to work and to anywhere else you want to go often serves as a deterrent to driving under the influence in the future.