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Getting to Work After a DUI Conviction

One of the worst aspects of a conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) is that most often, you lose your driver’s license for some period of time. Not only does this limit your ability to get around and enjoy recreational activities, but it also severely impacts your ability to earn a living. In fact, for many people, a drunk driving conviction drastically changes their way of life. Without an ability to get to work, especially when there are limited public transportation options, DUI offenders risk losing their only means of earning an income.

Fortunately, there are options for some people who have been convicted of drunk driving and lost their licenses. Under Pennsylvania law, some individuals may apply for what is known as an Occupational Limited Licenses, which allows them to commute to work, school or a treatment facility.

An Occupational Limited License is a Class C driver’s license issued to Pennsylvania residents whose driving privileges have otherwise been suspended. This license authorizes people to operate a designated vehicle only under very strict circumstances so that they may get to their place of work, study or treatment.

These licenses are not granted as a matter of course for individuals convicted of drunk driving. Instead, you must apply for a license and prove that your circumstances warrant this type of exception. The petition process is rigorous and applicants must be prepared to demonstrate that the license is necessary for their way of life.  In some instances an Ignition Interlock license may also be available.

If you have been convicted of drunk driving and are no longer able to earn a living as a result, you may be eligible for an Occupational Limited License or an Interlock License. Learn more by working with Berks County criminal defense attorney David R. Eshelman today.

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