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Can You Get Your License Back if You Have Two or Three DUIs on Your Record?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

Woodstock Driver's License Reinstatement AttorneyDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is a criminal offense punishable by administrative and criminal penalties, including the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. Once a person’s license has been suspended or revoked, it becomes illegal for them to drive. Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a class A misdemeanor punishable by a minimum jail sentence of 10 days and a maximum fine of $2,500. A second offense may be classified as a felony.

If you were arrested for DUI for the second or third time, you may wonder if there is any way to regain your driving privileges. If you are like many people who are arrested for DUI, you do not want to violate the law by driving on a suspended license, but you need to drive to fulfill your daily responsibilities. Fortunately, there may be a way to get your driving privileges back.  

A Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) May Get Your Back on the Road

Like most criminal offenses, the penalties associated with driving under the influence increase with second and subsequent offenses. If you have been arrested for or convicted of drunk driving twice, you may fear that there is no way to regain your driving privileges. However, you may be eligible for partial driving relief through a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). This permit allows you to drive to specified locations based on your personal needs. For example, the RDP may allow you to travel back and forth to work, medical appointments, drug or alcohol treatment, and your child’s school or daycare.

Criteria for Regaining Driving Privileges Through an RDP

An RDP may be able to get you back on the road legally. However, to qualify for an RDP, you will need to:

  • Prove that a hardship exists and that you need the RDP to drive for a specific reason (such as getting back and forth to work).

  • Complete a drug and alcohol use evaluation. If evidence of a substance abuse problem or addiction is found, you will need to provide proof of your participation in remedial education or drug and alcohol treatment.

  • Appear in front of a hearing officer at a Secretary of State Administrative Hearing.

  • Get a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in your vehicle if you have two or more alcohol-related incidents on your record.

Contact a McHenry County Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers, we understand how important it is to be able to drive. If you are interested in seeking driving relief through a Restricted Driving Permit after a DUI, contact our skilled Crystal Lake DUI attorneys for help. Call 779-800-2250 for a free, confidential consultation.



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