Can I keep on driving if my license is suspended? 64 Answers as of June 19, 2013

I am in danger of losing my license. Is there any way that I can keep on driving? My work is several miles away from my home and public transport is scarce. Will I be allowed to drive to and from work? Can I request for this concession?

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Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Sometimes there can be provisions to permit a work restriction, you should check with the Driver Control Dept. in Topeka, KS, or consult with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 3/6/2012
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
If your license is suspended, no, you cannot keep driving. No you cannot get qa concession to drive to work. Hire an attorney to help you clear (if possible) your suspension.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 3/5/2012
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
If your license is suspended and you drive you can be arrested. If it was suspended for OUI, you can go to jail. Do NOT drive while your license is suspended.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 3/5/2012
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
If your license is suspended, you should not drive. If you are caught, you could be charged with a misdemeanor violation of California vehicle code section 14601.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/5/2012
Klisz Law Office, PLLC
Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
It's hard to say. If your license is suspended for tickets, pay them and get the license back. If it is for DUI then those rules are quite different.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/5/2012
    Aaron Black Law
    Aaron Black Law | Aaron Black
    No, you cannot drive. You need to get your license reinstated.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
    You can call the department of revenue's driver's license hotline and ask 1) what is the current status of your license, and 2) (if suspended/revoked) if you qualify for a hardship license or limited driving privileges. If so, ask what you need to do to get the hardship/LDP.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    If your driver's license is suspended in the State of Alabama you will not be permitted to drive. There is no exception for allowing driving to work and home. If you are caught driving with a suspended driver's license, especially if the suspension is for DUI, some court may require you to serve some substantial time in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    You should be able to get a hardship license to go to work.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you drive while your license is suspended, you can be arrested and prosecuted and sentenced to a jail term. Further, your license can be suspended for an additional period of time. Depending on the basis of the suspension, you may be able to get an occupational license. Consult with a lawyer in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Why are you in danger of losing your license that gives us a good idea as to wheter you can get a restricted license. You need to get a copy of your driving record and go see an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
    In some instances, you may be able to apply for restricted license. However, it depends on the nature of your suspension. I'd advise you to consult privately with an attorney who handles license-restoration claims regarding this matter.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    DeVito & Visconti, PA
    DeVito & Visconti, PA | John E DeVito
    If your license is suspended in Massachusetts and you continue to operate a motor vehicle, you run the risk of being charged with the criminal offense of operating after suspension.? If you are found guilty of operating after suspension the Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license again. Although your unlikely to go to jail for an initial charge, you will be fined. Subsequent offenses could result in jail. Depending on the type of suspension you may be able to get a hardship license. If your license is suspended for more than one reason (you would have to suspensions running at the same time), you will not get a hardship license. Hardship licenses are usually available after you have served half of the suspension. A hardship license is a 12 hour license; the Registry of Motor Vehicles is flexible regarding the 12 hours chosen.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    If you explain why your license is suspended, then perhaps I can answer. If it is for drinking and driving due to a 2nd or more offense, then you will have to wait until you are eligible for a review hearing. If you are suspended for points, you may be able to request a restricted license to get to and from work. If you have recent tickets, perhaps we can re-open those cases and reduce points. If your suspension is for a refusal, then you can get a restricted, after a while, by motion, If it is for a drug conviction, then again, after a time, you can get a restricted. If it is for unpaid financial responsibility fees, then you may be able to make payment arrangements and get a license reinstated.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Dungan, Lady, Kirkpatrick & Dungan PLLC | Michael Dungan
    If your license is suspended, you cannot legally drive. Depending on if you are actually suspended or revoked (which is different than suspended), and more importantly why you are suspended or revoked, there may be options available to restore your driving privileges, if only on a restricted basis. Go to a Secretary of State office, get a copy of your Master Driving Record (MDR), and contact an experienced drivers license restoration lawyer to review your options with your.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    It depends on why your license gets suspended.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You may be able to take a driving class to reduce the points.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    If your license is suspended you cannot drive. Driving on a suspended license is a crime in and of itself. You may be granted a restricted license but will probably have to ask for that.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco | Victor J Mazzaraco
    You can and should request it. There are offenses for which a license suspension is modified allowing driving to and from work or doctor’s appointments, etc. It will likely depend on your history and what the suspension is due to.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    That would depend on why your license is suspended. If it is due to unpaid fines you just have to pay them off and get your license back. If it is a DWI you may be able to get a conditional license. Call DMV to find out why it is suspended if you do not know. If you are caught driving on a suspended license you could get a jail sentence.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
    If your license was suspended because of a DUI you may be eligible for a restricted license that will allow you to drive to and from work. If you were arrested within the last 10 days request a DMV hearing or you will have your license suspended for at least 30 days to six months regardless of your blood alcohol level and guilt/innocence in court. Driving on a suspended license is a misdemeanor with minimum jail time requirements, and will be a violation of any DUI probation. Get a good criminal defense attorney to help you out.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
    If your license is suspened you will not be able to drive. You can request a special work permit which would allow you to drive from your home to work and back home and no other place. You would have to consult DCDOT about special permission to drive.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Khayoumi Law Firm
    Khayoumi Law Firm | Salim A. Khayoumi
    No you cannot continue driving after your New Mexico driver's license has been suspended or revoked. New Mexico has several severe punishments for those who "know" their driver's license is suspended/ revoked yet continue driving. With regards to your situation I would need more details regarding the suspension / revocation (i.e. reason revoked/suspended, etc.).
    Answer Applies to: New Mexico
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    If it's your first DUI you can get a restricted license to drive to and from work and work-related errands and the DUI class. You will need SR-22 insurance for that. If it's higher than a first, then you can apply for a critical need license. They're harder to get but it happens.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP | Richard L. McBreen III
    Driving while suspended, if the suspension is based on a DUII, is a class A misdemeanor. You may be eligible for a hardship permit that allows you to drive to work, but you will likely serve some suspension time without any hardship at all. Speak to an attorney that can review your case and put you in the best position to protect your right to drive.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    No, you cannot legally drive if your license is under suspension. NH, unlike Mass. Does not have any hardship provisions.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    It depends on why your license was suspended. If the reason was a DUI (the most common reason), you can apply to the DMV for a temporary license that permits you to drive only to and from work or school.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Never drive when your license is suspended. Find out from the DMV or secretary of state the reason for the suspension, and the ways you can either clear the suspension or get a restricted driving license for the period of your suspension. See an informal hearing officer, he/she should be able to advise you what you will need to do.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Can I keep on driving if my license is suspended? CAN you? Of course. But when you get caught, it is a misdemeanor crime you will be charged with. You can petition DMV for a restricted license, if you qualify, that would allow to/from work and school only.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    There is a mandatory 30 day suspension of your license on a first offense. After the 30 days you can request a restricted license that would allow you to drive on very restricted terms. You should get a lawyer to help you with this situation.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    It may be possible to get a work restricted or IID restricted license.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    You can but if you're caught you could get your license revoked and get 30 days in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Grant & Grant
    Grant & Grant | Richard L. Grant, Esq.
    Driving on Suspended License is a Misdemeanor and exposes you to jail time. Hire a private attorney to assist you. If you cannot hire an attorney, request a Public Defender.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Raiser & Kenniff, PC
    Raiser & Kenniff, PC | Steve Raiser
    You may be eligible for a conditional license or a restricted use license which will allow you to drive to and from work and some other limited purposes.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    You can request a limited license for purposes of to and from work. The court has discretion whether to grant it.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Meadows & Howell, LLC
    Meadows & Howell, LLC | Brad Howell
    If your license is suspended, you are not supposed to continue to drive. If you are pulled over by a police officer, he will issue a citation for driving with a suspended license. If you want to attempt to have your license reinstated from suspension, then you will need to contact the Department of Public Safety to request a reinstatement.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    You had better defend your driver's license if you are a New Jersey driver because New Jersey does not have conditional driving licenses allowing driving to work/school while suspended on a dui conviction.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE
    MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE | Mary McCluskey
    You left out many critical details, such as why your license is at risk for being revoked. If it's for a first DUI per se administrative revocation then you may apply for a restricted license after 30 days of no driving. This option allows you to drive for the duration of the revocation with a restricted Interlock license. If it's for a suspension based on accumulating too many points against your license, you can look into a PDL or Probationary Drivers License. You will be notified of a hearing date which will determine the length of the restraint. A suspension can be ordered for up to one year and a probationary license may or may not be authorized at the hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    Whether you are eligible for a restricted license (sometimes called a red license) depends upon the circumstances of the suspension.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/19/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    That would depend on what charge(s) caused the suspension in the first place. Certain offenses have a provision for a restricted license. Others don't.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    All you can do is get an ignition interlock license. You can apply for that as soon as your license is suspended. It may sound heinous but you will have to have the interlock for a year anyway if you lose your DOL hearing or are convicted. The other warning is this-the officer should have given you a hearing request form. You must read that form carefully and request a hearing ASAP or your license will be suspended by administrative action whether you are ultimately convicted or not. I also suggest you speak with an experienced DUI defense lawyer. You may ultimately ending up having to pay one but he or she may save you a lot of expense and grief.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    You can request a "limited license" from the Department of Public Safety. Depending upon your offense you may be required to enter the Ignition Interlock Program.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    If your license is suspended in NH due to a DUI conviction or Administrative License Suspension from the DMV, you cannot drive until you are reinstated by the DMV. New Hampshire does not have a hardship or work license so you would not be able to legally drive to work while suspended.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC | Louis Leibowitz
    If your license is suspended you may not legally drive. Depending on the reason for the proposed suspension you may be to fight it or be able to get a work-restricted license.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
    It depends on the reason for the suspension. You should contact the DMV and see if you qualify for a restricted license. You don't want to drive on a suspended license, even for a couple miles, as the consequences are severe.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    No you cannot. In West Virginia there are no restricted work permits. If you are suspended, you cannot drive at all, anywhere. The only way to get you suspension shortened, depending upon your offense level, is to enroll in the alcohol test and lock program. This program is where they install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Depending upon your offense level, this may get you driving sooner than you otherwise would. Also be aware that if you are caught driving on a license suspended for a DUI, the minimum jail time you are facing is 30 days up to 6 months.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    You can apply for an occupational license. It is a license to drive on designated times, routes, and days. Think of it as being grounded rather than jailed. If you drive on a suspended license, that is a Class B Misdemeanor, (6 months in jail and $2000 fine per occurrence) so the penalty is huge, don't do it.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    If you keep driving with a suspended and get arrested, you will almost certainly face a jail sentence for driving after suspension, so you should not. Under certain circumstances you have the right to a work license. Your attorney should have informed you of this, or you can call the sec of state in Augusta. If you don't have an attorney and have not been convicted in court, get an attorney now.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
    You can apply for a get a restricted license after a period of time if you take the correct measures.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    You may be eligible for conditional privileges.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/19/2013
    LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com
    LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
    Contact the Missouri Department of Revenue at (573) 751-4475 or online to find out how to apply for a Limited Driving Privilege (Hardship License).
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Ascheman & Smith | Landon Ascheman
    You should set up and appointment to discuss your license issues with a DUI attorney. There are several options to get a work permit, or interlock system. However, it would be best to speak to an attorney who can review your specific facts and give you the best possible answer and directions.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    First, you need to hire an attorney to try and save your license. Second, if your license does get suspended, usually you are eligible for an occupational or restricted drivers license. But again, you are going to need to hire an attorney to get that.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Dowdy Law Office
    Dowdy Law Office | J. Scott Dowdy
    There is always a minimum period of absolute suspension with no driving. Hire an attorney to help you.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    In danger of losing your license how? If you are on your 2nd or 3rd DUI, your license is lost, and you will not be allowed to legally drive. You need to consult with a knowledgeable attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    If your license to drive is suspended, then you are not allowed to drive if your license is suspended in part for a DUI offense, then it is a 30 day minimum mandatory jail sentence for DUS-alc plus an additional year license suspension other DUI license info.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    It depends on why your license is suspended. Some suspensions are eligible for a work permit, some are not.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Rhoades & Miller, LLP
    Rhoades & Miller, LLP | M. Jason Rhoades
    If your license is suspended, you can not drive. Period. If this is because of a DUI conviction, there may be ways to get the suspension ended early, but you need to speak with an attorney to see if this is the case in your situation.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    It depends a lot on the reason for the suspension. If it is due to a first time 'express consent' revocation (alcohol level over .08) then after one month you can reinstate your ability to drive if you hook an interlock device up to your car. If it is for refusing to take a chemical test, there are no driving privileges allowed. If it is due to points, there is a possibility of a probationary license to drive for certain purposes.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    In many situations when a person's driver's license is suspended, you are eligible for a limited license, or work permit. Contact the Dept. of Pub. Safety to determine if you are eligible. https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    Dependent on the reason your license is suspended you may be able to apply for a Hardship/Probationary permit with the DMV. Working with an experienced DUI Lawyer may help this process to go through smoothly as we have helped out with MANY of these Hardship permits.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/1/2012
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