All DUI convictions include license suspension if you plead guilty, or are convicted of the offense in court. For a first-time misdemeanor DUI conviction, your driver’s license will be suspended for 1 year. There is ability to require a restricted license, based upon the facts of the case. A restricted license allows you to drive to certain locations only, including work, to transport a child, to a doctor, or to college or other location. Never violate the rules if you have a restricted license, as the legal problems can become far more serious if you are later caught doing so by the police.
Any person accused of DUI has several options, one of which is to plead guilty, which many people choose to do. This could be a grave error, as your case may have been successfully defended. You owe it to yourself to find out before making a decision. The loss of your legal right to drive can create serious problems for you, and for those who have prior DUI convictions, the situation is even more dangerous.
If you have a prior conviction within the past 10 years, you will face a 4 month waiting period before you will be able to acquire a restricted license. If the DUI conviction took place within 5 years, you will have a 1 year wait before you can again legally operate any vehicle.
Essentially – if you are convicted (or plead guilty) to any DUI offense, you will lose your license. You owe it to yourself to find out what could be done to seek a case dismissal, an acquittal or a reduced sentence before you make any decisions. The right actions taken by a Virginia DUI defense lawyer could make all the difference in whether you are allowed to continue operating your car, truck or other vehicle. The first step is a full review of the evidence that led to your arrest. Call our firm, the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone, immediately for assistance.