When your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked due to a conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) or other violations, your life can be greatly affected. It may be extremely difficult for you to continue working, to attend school, or to attend alcohol education programs in accordance with court directives. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, however, you may have relief options available to restore driving privileges on a limited basis. With the help of a qualified attorney, you may be able to obtain a restricted driving permit (RDP) and take the first steps toward getting your life back on track.
What is an RDP?
A restricted driving permit can be granted by the Secretary of State’s office to allow partial restoration of driving privileges. The terms of the RDP can be customized for each case and only permit a person to drive in certain areas and at certain times for specifically approved purpose. Depending on the situation, an RDP can allow driving to:
• Maintain employment;
• Attend recommended drug and alcohol remedial or rehabilitation activities; or
• Provide transportation for themselves, a child, elderly, or disabled person in the driver’s household for medical, daycare or educational purpose when alternative transportation is not available.
Applying for an RDP and Hearing
To obtain a restricted driving permit, a person whose license has been suspended or revoked must submit an application to the Secretary of State’s office. The individual must prove that a justifiable hardship exists, provide the results of a current drug or alcohol evaluation, and, if appropriate, offer proof of treatment or remedial education.
The offender will be required to appear for a hearing with a representative from the Secretary’s office. Serious offenses, including multiple DUIs and offenses involving a fatality will require a formal hearing, while less serious concerns can be handled at an informal hearing. Based on the results of the hearing, and the proof submitted with the application, an RDP will be granted with specified terms or denied. If an RDP is granted to an offender with two or more alcohol-related incidents in the last 10 years, the driver will be required to have a Blood Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on his or her vehicle for the duration of the permit.
Get Legal Help for Your Case
If you have had your driving privileges suspended or revoked for any reason, contact an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba today. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Zaremba understands the law and knows how to get results. He and his team are prepared to fight on your behalf and ensure your rights and your future are fully protected. Schedule your free consultation by calling 815-740-4025.