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Dealing with the aftermath of a DWI? Here are 7 facts you need to know about when you can drive again:

  1. If a person’s license is revoked for 30 days as a result of a DWI, such a civil revocation can be contested in Court if a notice requesting a hearing on the 30 day revocation is filed within 10 days of the date of the civil revocation taking effect (which is normally the same day as the DWI arrest).
  2. Generally, even if no hearing is requested or is requested and denied by the Court, a person would be eligible for a pretrial limited driving privilege on the tenth day following the charge.
  3. This allows you to drive during the final 20 days of the initial 30 day civil revocation. The privilege expires at the end of the 30 day civil revocation and will no longer be valid after that time.
  4. Driving outside of the times, purposes, and locations allowed in the privilege is equivalent to driving with a revoked license.
  5. A pretrial limited driving privilege is a zero tolerance privilege, meaning that if you are pulled over with any level of alcohol in your system, the privilege may be found to be invalid.
  6. The cost of driving for this 20 day period is $100.00 payable to the clerk of court in the county of the charge.
  7. After 30 days you can and should get your license reinstated, even if you have received a limited driving privilege. The pretrial limited driving privilege is only valid for the final 20 days of the initial 30 day revocation, and it will be necessary to reinstate your license once 30 days has passed.

Have more questions about DWIs? You should spend some time reading through our frequently asked DWI questions page. Since our law firm specializes in DWI cases, we’ve heard almost every question before.