One of the first questions anyone arrested on suspicion of drunk driving asks is, “What will this mean to my driver’s license?” For many people in York County, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, the answer to this question is equivalent to the preservation of one’s livelihood. If you lose your driving privileges, how will you continue to work and take care of your family? Public transportation, taxis, and/or bicycling all have their limits for someone used to driving anywhere, anytime.
A Criminal Record Will Be More Harmful Than A Driver’s License Suspension — Yet Most Drivers Are Concerned About Their Driving Privileges
In fact, the long-term repercussions of a criminal record will cause much greater harm to your life overall. However, with the understanding that continuing to drive is a critical lifestyle advantage for you, the attorneys at Griest, Himes, Herrold, Reynosa LLP are prepared to protect your driving privileges as aggressively as possible, given the facts of your case.
Potential Driver’s License Suspensions — And Exceptions
If you do not qualify for ARD and/or if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, your driver’s license may be suspended for up to 12 or 18 months.
Whether or not your driver’s license is suspended — and if so, for how long — will vary depending on particulars of your DUI charges and other factors such as your past record. If you are subject to a suspension, you may be able to preserve or recover your driving privileges through:
- Issuance of an occupational limited license (OLL), allowing you to drive a designated motor vehicle, under certain conditions, when it is necessary for your occupation, work, trade, medical treatment or study
- Preservation of your driving privileges giving permission to drive with an ignition interlock device
At all stages of your DUI case, you need an experienced lawyer on your side above all. Griest, Himes, Herrold, Reynosa LLP has helped many clients preserve or recover their driving privileges after a drunk driving arrest.