Driving Privileges after Your DUI Arrest in Dayton
The Dayton RTA, taxis, and trains can get you anywhere you want to go in Dayton. However, if you built an extra tight daily schedule around driving your own car, none of these will get you there on time.
When you are arrested for a DUI, driving, for at least a while, is off limits to you. Driving is a privilege granted to you by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. And when it comes to DUI, they are happy to play an active role in revoking your driving privileges long before your guilt or innocence has been determined.
This may seem unfair, especially when you are sure you are innocent but the BMV has chosen to defer to the arresting officer regarding your driving privileges.
Receiving limited driving privileges
You may request certain permission to drive at your arraignment. A state statute grants the court the authority to grant limited privileges to drive for work, school, medical, and vocational reasons. To receive these privileges you will also need to produce proof of insurance.
When you request driving privileges you should have documentation verifying your claims.
- For work reasons most courts will want proof of your employment in the form of a work schedule on company letterhead or the equivalent.
- Medical reasons are a little easier. An appointment card or anything that verifies your appointment will do. Also you may receive permission to drive to your alcohol and drug assessments, treatments, or AA meetings.
- Educational reasons may require a class schedule, perhaps your printed schedule you received at registration or a copy on school letterhead.
- Other reasons. Most other privileges vary from court to court. Even vocational privileges aren’t outlined in the statute. Some courts grant privileges for personal needs once a week for a few hours. Other provisions may apply to childcare, family needs, school and school activities for children, church, court appearances, and care of young and elderly dependents.
Courts may set restrictions on your privileges by limiting days and hours to 50 to 60 hours a week and making you choose a day where you will not drive at all.
They may also require you to install a breathalyzer devise and/or restricted orange license plates on your car before you can use your privileges.
Violations of your restrictions can be as bad as a DUI. It is has a mandatory jail time, a mandatory fine, and can carry up to a one year license suspension.