Do you want to lean more about limited driving privileges post-DUI? Learn more in this video.

If you are arrested for a DUI, there will certainly be consequences. When you are first arrested for a DUI in NC, you could lose your license for 30 days. If they convict you with a DUI in North Carolina, they can suspend your license for one year. Depending on how many times you have been convicted of a DUI, this can end up being even longer as well. However, it is possible to receive limited driving privileges post-DUI. Learn more about how to go about this option and the steps you will need to take to get it.

How-to Get Limited Driving Privileges Post-DUI: Steps You Can Take

Before Conviction

If you get a DUI in NC, you will automatically lose your driver’s license for 30 days. This can happen if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is at or above 0.08 on a breath test machine. However, after 10 days, you might be eligible for limited driving privileges post-DUI. If you are eligible to do this, you would need to pay around $300. This includes $100 for the substance abuse assessment, $100 for the driving privileges, and $100 to reinstate your license 30 days after the arrest. Of course, this varies state by state, so the time frame and fees may be different in your home state.

Think twice before you refuse to blow into the breath test machine. This could actually result in a longer restriction period. In fact, you may have to wait 6 months before you can get a limited driving privilege in NC if you refuse to blow. Keep this in mind if you are deciding what you should do.

After Conviction

They can revoke your license for 1 year if they convict you of a DUI. However, in some cases, you can be immediately eligible for limited driving privileges post-DUI. These driving privileges will allow you to be able to drive to and from work during a limited range of hours. These do not include nights or weekends. If you need to be able to drive to or from work outside of those hours, you will need permission to do so.

One exception is if you had a BAC of 0.15 or greater. In this case, you will actually have to wait 45 days before you can apply for your limited driving privileges. It is really important that you follow the rules of limited driving privileges. If you break these rules, such as driving on the weekends if you do not have permission, you could face major consequences. For example, they can revoke your license for at least another year.