If you are
under 21 and you were recently arrested for driving under the influence in Orange
County, you may be wondering if you can get a restricted driver’s
license so you can drive to work and school.
That is a valid question and we will answer it below, but first we want
to give you some information about underage DUIs in the United States.
According to the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- 1 in 10 high school students drink and drive,
- Teens between the ages of 16 and 20 are 17 times more likely to die in
a car accident when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08%
compared to when they have not been drinking, and
- When high school students age 16 and older were asked, they admitted to
driving one or more times in the past 30 days while under the influence
So, what if you are convicted of
DUI, can you obtain a restricted license so you can drive to and from work
Unfortunately, you are
not eligible for a restricted license if you were under the age of 21 at the time of the
DUI arrest and the DMV decides to suspend your license. Why? The laws regarding restricted
licenses are stricter for young drivers due to the fact that underage
drinking and driving is such a large problem.
Is there any way to keep your driver’s license at all?
If you are under 21, the only way that you would be able to keep your driver’s
license is if you were able to prevent the license suspension. In order
to do this you would have to:
- Apply for a DMV hearing within 10 days of your DUI arrest, and
- Avoid a DUI conviction in court.
To avoid a DUI conviction, you would have to win the DUI case or plead
guilty to a lesser charge. A lesser charge could be something such as
If you apply for a
DMV hearing in a timely fashion, you can get a “stay” on the license suspension,
which means you would be able to continue driving until the DMV hearing
concludes, or pending the DUI conviction for a DUI, which would lead to
a license suspension.
If you were recently arrested for DUI in Orange County, the best way to
avoid a suspended license is to fight and win your DUI case. To get the
aggressive defense representation you need and deserve,
contact our office to work with Orange County’s “DUI Queen!”