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How can I get my license back after a DUI conviction?

If you have recently received a DUI conviction in Virginia, you may be wondering how you can get your license back. After all, a conviction has far reaching consequences that can interfere with your life for a long time. The number of prior DUIs, whether you refused to take a field sobriety test, BAC and other factors all are taking into consideration when the courts determine the length of time your driving privileges are to be suspended for.

You must file a Petition for Restoration of Driving Privilege with the courts. According to the Virginia Legal Aid Society, DUI offenders are required to complete a Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. This organization is responsible for making recommendations to the courts about whether or not to restore your driver’s license. The courts hold the recommendations of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Program in high regard. You will need to provide the contact information of several people who can vouch for your character, actions and soberness. You must successfully prove that you have not had any alcohol since the date of the conviction causing incident.

You must be current on your DUI-related fees. All driving-related fines should be paid off as well. If you are in the process of paying them off, your must have a payment plan and have maintained a positive payment history. You also need a current Compliance Summary that is dated within the last 30 days. You can obtain this document from the DMV. If this is not the first time you have been convicted of a DUI, you are considered a habitual offender. You will need to file with the court that convicted you a document for you to receive a copy of your Habitual Offender Order. If your petition is approved, you must go to Department of Motor Vehicles to successfully test for a driver’s license. If your petition is denied, you may qualify for a restricted license that allows you to only drive back and forth to work.

Driver’s license reinstatement is not automatic after a DUI conviction. There are many steps and fines that must be satisfied before you become eligible. Also, when you take into consideration the costs involved with the reinstatement process and from having to obtain and maintain SR-22 insurance, you may realize that it is much more affordable and convenient or you to drive sober.

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