“How am I going to get to work?” is the question we hear most frequently from our clients who are facing the suspension of their license as a result of a traffic violation or DWI. Losing the ability to drive can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. At Powers McCartan our goal is to avoid a license suspension if at all possible. Even if we are unable to avoid a license suspension there is still hope.
What most people do not realize is that the judges have the ability to issue what is called a “limited driving privilege” for people whose licenses are being suspended as a result of a DWI or traffic violation. The judge in your case may have the ability to allow you to drive for any of the following purposes:
- Maintenance of your household
- Court-ordered treatment
- Community service
- Emergency medical care
At Powers McCartan our attorneys have experience requesting and obtaining limited driving privileges for our clients. Most often we are able to get our clients the limited privilege for driving for work. This work driving privilege allows you to drive to, from and during work. If you are granted a work driving privilege you must keep a copy of the judgment with you at all times and comply with the restrictions. We will take the time to educate you on the restrictions associated with your work driving privilege so that you operate within designated parameters.
While every request is handled on a case-by-case basis, in order to qualify for a limited driving privilege you must prove a few things to the court. The first is that you must prove that you have valid insurance coverage; you can request a DL-123 form from your insurance company and submit it to the court as proof of insurance. You must also prove that you had a valid driver’s license at the time of the initial conviction. This means that if you cannot afford insurance you will not be granted a limited driving privilege for work. Furthermore, if you did not have a valid license at the time of the conviction you will not be granted a limited driving privilege for work.
My License Is Already Suspended, Can You Help?
Clients often come to us after paying a fine for a traffic violation, not realizing that combined with a previous violation they have exceeded the number of points allowed on a North Carolina driver’s license and their license has been suspended. Your license can be suspended for any of the following reasons:
- Two speeding convictions of more than 55 mph in one year
- A reckless driving conviction and a speeding conviction of more than 55 mph in one year
- Vehicle racing
- Speeding more than 15 mph hour over the speed limit
- Speeding over 75 mph
- Driving after consuming alcohol for anyone under 21 years old
If your license has already been suspended, our accomplished lawyers may be able to help you obtain a license granting a limited driving privilege for work, school or for caring for your family. We will assess every opportunity and will help you obtain driving privileges for work or school if at all possible. Each case is unique and the best way to determine whether or not you qualify for a work driving privilege is to speak with an attorney. We are available 24 hours a day at (704) 342-4357.