How Do You Protect Your Driving Privileges?

Has your driver's license been suspended as a result of a DWI charge? You are probably realizing how dependent you are on the ability to drive. How will you continue to get to work or school?

A limited driving privilege (LDP) is the easiest way to alleviate the inconvenience of a license suspension. In DWI cases, this can apply in three circumstances: pretrial, post-conviction and refusal cases. In these cases, one of our attorneys at Randall & Stump, PLLC, can gather the appropriate documentation to obtain an LDP for you from the court.

Talk to one of our lawyers right away. Call 704-286-6942 for a free initial consult.

Pretrial & Post-Conviction LDP Requirements

A pretrial LDP applies for a limited period of time during your 30-day civil revocation. The pretrial privilege can be applied for on day 11 of your civil revocation and is effective until day 30. You must satisfy the following:

  1. You must have had a valid license or a license that had been expired for less than one year.
  2. You must have no prior DWI convictions within seven years of the current offense.
  3. This must not be a refusal case.
  4. After the current offense, you must not be convicted of or have an unresolved DWI charge.
  5. You must obtain a substance abuse assessment.
  6. You must obtain a DL-123 or DL-123A form from your insurance company.
  7. You must pay a $100 filing fee to the clerk of court.

To secure a post-conviction limited driving privilege, you must satisfy all of the requirements listed above for the pretrial privilege. Additionally, if it was found that you blew a 0.15 or higher on the breath test, you must have an interlock ignition device installed on your vehicle. If you are required to have the interlock device installed on your vehicle, you must wait 45 days before you can apply for an LDP.

Limited Driving Privilege In North Carolina For DWI Refusal Cases

If, after an arrest on suspicion of DWI, you or a loved one refused to submit to a breath test, the rules to get a limited driving privilege are stricter. You must satisfy all of the requirements listed above for the pretrial privilege. Additionally, you must satisfy the following list:

  1. No prior DWI refusal cases within seven years of current conviction
  2. No death or critical injury in current case
  3. Compliance with at least one condition of suspended sentence
  4. Revocation for at least six months
  5. Completed training or treatment under substance abuse assessment

When Can You Start Driving Again?

If you or a loved one needs limited driving privileges in North Carolina, we are here to provide you with skilled defense representation. Email us or call 704-286-6942 or toll free 800-565-1435 for a free initial consultation.