Can I Still Drive After Getting Convicted of a GA DUI?

Getting convicted of a DUI in Georgia can result in harsh penalties, such as driver’s license suspension. Without your driving privileges, not only is it inconvenient, but not having a valid license can negatively impact your career, education, and livelihood. 

Fortunately, you may qualify for a “limited driving permit.” Also known as a hardship or restricted license in other states, this special permit allows individuals with a suspended license to drive to and from certain locations for their own benefit or on behalf of immediate family members who are unlicensed. 

Common locations include: 

  • Worksite or place of employment 

  • College or university courses 

  • Medical appointments 

  • Alcohol or drug treatment programs 

  • Community service 

  • Other court-ordered activities or programs 

You may be eligible for a limited driving permit in Georgia if you are convicted of a first or second DUI offense. When it comes to second offenders, they will be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in all their vehicles. 

Remember, you must prove to the court that you will suffer hardship by not being able to travel to work, school, medical appointments, and/or court-ordered programs. If you obtain a limited driving permit, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) may specify where you can travel, which routes you must use, which times are you permitted to travel, and other restrictions, if necessary. 

If you are pulled over or arrested for a traffic violation while driving on a limited permit, the permit will be revoked. In addition, a driver may not be eligible to apply for a driver’s license until six (6) months from the date of the limited permit revocation or the date that DDS processes the conviction stemming from the revocation. 

If you are interested in getting your driving privileges back after a DUI conviction in Gwinnett County, contact Daniels & Taylor, P.C. today at (770) 285-1673 for a free initial consultation. Providing knowledgeable and personalized legal services in Lawrenceville and beyond since 1994. 

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