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Using a Restricted License After a DUI

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Knoxville DUI lawyerOne of the most difficult-to-cope-with consequences of a DUI is the loss of a driver’s license. In Tennessee, if you are convicted of driving under the influence of any intoxicating substance, you are likely to have your license revoked for some time. The exact length of the revocation can depend on a number of circumstances, like whether you have prior DUI's. During this time, life can be challenging. Unless you live in a city with excellent public transportation, not being able to drive can make getting to school or work, picking your kids up from school, and even getting groceries a challenge. Fortunately, there may be a way to get a restricted license that will allow you to drive for certain limited purposes. Our attorneys can help you apply. 

What Can I Do With a Hardship License?

Restricted licenses are also called hardship licenses. Not being able to drive can create hardship for your entire family. Finding alternate transportation to work might not be economically or practically viable for everyone. Tennessee has plenty of rural areas where there is very limited public transportation, and even getting an Uber can be challenging. This is why Tennessee offers restricted licenses. Generally, there are two options for using a hardship license. 

The first is using a hardship license that allows you to drive only for very limited and specific reasons. The court will be very clear about when and where you can drive. You and your attorney can discuss which essential places you must be able to drive to, and your attorney can ask the court to approve those specific places. In most cases, you will be allowed to drive to get to and from school or work. You may be permitted to drive to attend religious services, take your children to school, or make a weekly trip to the grocery store. 

The other option is installing an ignition interlock device. This device measures your B.A.C. before you can start the car, and while you are driving. You will need to periodically blow into a tube in order to stop your car from shutting off - and there is a camera attachment so that you cannot ask someone else to blow for you. However, with an IID restricted license, you can usually drive just about anywhere so long as you are provably sober. 

Our attorneys will discuss your options for requesting a restricted license after a DUI. If you do receive a restricted license, it is important to strictly follow all applicable restrictions. 

Call a Knox County License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you are interested in pursuing a restricted license to prevent hardship during a DUI suspension, The Law Office of William F. Evans can help. Our experienced Knoxville license reinstatement attorneys will fight to get you back on the road. Call 423-449-7980 for a free consultation to find out if you may qualify for a hardship license. 



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