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Post-DUI: When driving IS your job

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2021 | DUI

Getting a DUI in Alaska can have serious penalties, particularly if your situation caused bodily harm to another person. While the consequences can disrupt your independence, the outcome can create even more stress if you rely on driving for your job.

If you operate a commercial vehicle for work or have the responsibility of driving a company car, your DUI could threaten your job.

How limited licensing works

DUI’s fall into different classifications depending on the severity of the behavior and its impact on other people. Fortunately, if you face allegations of a misdemeanor DUI, you may have the chance to secure a limited license. According to the Alaska Court System, you can petition for a limited license if you meet specific requirements. The court will assess your driving record, whether or not you have a criminal record, your risks of recidivism and whether or not you have formerly participated in substance abuse treatment.

If approved, you can legally operate a motor vehicle strictly for the purpose of working and maintaining a livelihood. If you violate the terms of the limited license, you can face serious consequences including immediate removal of your driving privileges.

Getting your license back

Even a limited license cannot give you the degree of freedom that a driver’s license does. Getting your license reinstated requires you to meet the terms and conditions laid out in court. Your willingness to participate in a treatment program may support your efforts to recover your license. Additionally, you can learn more about how driving under the influence impairs your ability to reason and respond to the things around you.

A DUI does not have to ruin your life. Taking a proactive approach to correcting your actions may prevent you from reoffending so you can live a long and happy life.