As mentioned in one of our earlier articles, if you are convicted of driving under the influence for the first time, your license will be revoked for one year. However, there is a possibility to receive a restricted license, if you meet certain criteria. A restricted license might be possible if there was no serious bodily harm or death involved in the DUI conviction. Granting a restricted license is up to the discretion of the court. A restricted license with geographic restrictions allows you to continue to drive to your place of employment, school, and some other specific locations with the court’s consent. It is more likely than not; you will be required to have an ignition interlock on your vehicle. The Department of Safety requires that the device be installed for 365 consecutive days. With the ignition interlock, you will not be limited to the geographic restrictions.
If you receive a restricted license and approaching the end of your license revocation period, the next step would be restoring your license. You must pay a reinstatement fee to regain your license. You must then apply for a new Tennessee driver license, and again, pay the expenses that come with the application process. You must pay all your court fees, and fines before the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will approve your license reinstatement.
It is crucial to contact a defense attorney who can help you understand all your options. You should not have to suffer unnecessary consequences during this challenging time. Philip Clark the consequences of a DUI and will help you receive a restricted license if you are eligible and fight hard for you and your case.
You might also like the article titled, “Can you expunge a DUI in Tennessee?” for more information about this subject.