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Restricted License Penalties


If convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the State of Virginia under the Virginia Code Section 18.2-266, or a variation thereof, it is mandatory that your license be suspended for a minimum of 1 year. In most cases, and especially for a first offense, the judge will grant a restricted license, which is a legal valid license but with driving restrictions. Most judges will grant legitimate travel to work and school, up to 6 days a week.

A restricted license may include travel to and from:

  1. Primary and secondary jobs
  2. Places required by your job during workday
  3. Travel to/from school and other education classes
  4. ASAP classes
  5. Interlock appointments
  6. Medical appointments
  7. Substance abuse classes, if court deems necessary
  8. Probation appointments
  9. School, daycare and medical appointments for minor children
  10. Court ordered visitation of minor children
  11. Religious services
  12. Other exceptions as granted by courts

Restricted privileges do not start immediately and you must pay fines and court costs before they are granted. Additionally, the nature of the conviction affects how long you must wait before receiving restricted privileges:

  1. First Offense: Immediately upon payment of fines/costs
  2. Second Offense in 10 years: 4-month waiting period
  3. Second Offense within 5 years: 1-year waiting period
  4. Third of more Offense (Felony): 3-year waiting period

The Law Offices of Christopher P. James will work to reduce restrictions to your driving privileges, with the knowledge and connections we have built successfully handling well over 5,000 cases across Northern Virginia. Call for a free strategy session, 24 hours a day, or visit our offices, with two Northern Virginia locations: Manassas and Oakton/Vienna.