If you are accused of driving under the influence (DUI), you probably have many concerns. Among them may be the question: What is going to happen to my driver’s license? A DUI conviction generally carries a license suspension, which can significantly disrupt your life.

A lot of individuals facing a DUI allegation wonder if there is a way to ease the pain. Under certain circumstances, one such option may be a limited driving permit. But what can someone actually do with one of these restrictive permits?

What a limited driving permit allows

A limited driving permit is, as the name suggests, quite limited. It includes significant restrictions on where the holder is allowed to drive, as well as the purpose of the trip. This means you may only be able to use the license for:

  • Commuting to your job
  • Going to medical appointments or picking up prescriptions (or doing so for an immediate, unlicensed family member)
  • Attending class
  • Going to scheduled sessions for alcohol or drug support groups
  • Taking part in driver education or drug/alcohol assessment and treatment programs
  • Traveling to court, community supervision or probation, or community service
  • Attending any programs or activities ordered by an accountability court judge

Authorities can add additional restrictions beyond those listed above, including by specifying exactly where and when you can lawfully operate a vehicle. And of course, another driving violation could mean authorities revoke your limited driving permit.

Protecting your license

When accused of DUI, you could be staring down the prospect of losing your license for anywhere from a few months to multiple years. This is why taking steps to protect your license after an arrest and accusation can be vital.

A limited driving permit is just one of the potential options worth exploring.