Knowing What You Can – And Can’t – Do With a Driving Restriction

There are many ways in which the state attempts to encourage us to behave in a manner conducive to the public good. One of those is by applying punishments and restrictions on those who have been convicted of crimes that could pose a danger to the doer of the crime as well as others. Take, for example, traffic violations; when you’ve proven to be an unsafe driver, the state typically takes a keen interest in your driving privileges. Specifically, you can often end up with your licenses suspended, or at least with a driving restriction.

How Are You Restricted?

A driving restriction is a limit that has been placed on your driving privileges. These can be applied for a variety of reasons, such as when you need to wear glasses to drive, or when you require a certain set of equipment in order to use your automobile. Alternatively, you may only be permitted to drive between work and home, or school and home. Some of these are necessary, but some restrictions are strictly for those who have broken the law, such as in the case of a DUI, or driving under the influence, conviction.

You can be considered as driving under the influence if, upon being pulled over and having a Breathalyzer test administered by the officer, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is greater than or equal to .08%. You can also be considered as driving while intoxicated if your BAC was .07% at the time of arrest – a lesser, if still sometimes devastating, charge.


Convenience, Guilt, and Violations

Regardless of why a restriction has been placed on your driving, it is vital that you follow the letter of those restrictions precisely. Violating a driving restriction can see a citation given to you, which may result in the suspension and/or revocation of your driver’s license. The timing of your suspension or revocation often depends on whether or not your restriction was rooted in an alcohol-related violation, however. If your restriction was alcohol-related, then your license may be immediately revoked or suspended.

However, if your restriction is not alcohol-related, then action will likely not be taken against you until the courts have determined whether or not you were found guilty. Once your license has been suspended or revoked, you may still be able to regain your license; you can get a duplicate license at a motor vehicle administration branch after your suspension period is over, or if your license was revoked, you can re-earn your license as well.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.