Not all teens have it easy. Some teens need jobs to help support their
families, while others need jobs to support themselves while they go to
college. What if you’re a 12th grader with a job whose license was
suspended for one year following a conviction for driving under the influence?
need your job, so the question is: can you qualify for a restricted license
like someone who is 21 or over and convicted of
First off, we want to commend you for being a teenager who is taking on
so much responsibility. We all have to deal with setbacks and hopefully
our advice will help you out of your situation.
Can you get a restricted license? The chances are very slim, but there
is another way. What you want to do is seek a critical need license under
Vehicle Code Section 13202.5(c).
If successful, the juvenile court judge can state on the record that you
have a “critical need” to drive. Otherwise, your driver’s
license will be suspended for one full year.
Next, you would take this to the DMV, but that is not all that you will
need. You will still have to fill out an application for this type of
license. With a critical need license, you’re allowed to drive to
and from certain “critical” places.
Qualifying for a Critical Need Restriction
After your license has been suspended for 30 days, you may apply for a
critical need driver’s license only if:
- You completed a PAS or chemical test with a blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) of .01% or higher, and
- You can show that you have a critical need to drive.
Critical need restriction is very limited; in order to qualify you must
be able to verify that a critical need exists and no other adequate transportation
exists. Also, you must be a first offender and you must have completed
a PAS or chemical test.
Contact an Orange County DUI Attorney for Legal Representation
If your teenage son or daughter was recently arrested for an
underage DUI in Orange County, it’s best that you discuss their case with a local
DUI defense lawyer, such as Virginia L. Landry, especially since a DUI
may affect their job, college applications and even school scholarships.
Contact our office
today to schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney who is a
Board Certified expert in