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    logicalthinker Posts: 58, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 26, 2009, 07:26 PM
    Can a restricted license be for more than just driving to work?
    A friend of mine is charged with DWI. They have explained to her that she will lose her license if she takes the plea or is found guilty via trial. She gets visitation with her daughter every other weekend, and has to drive 3 hours away to pick her up. This means 6 hours on Friday, and 6 hours on Sunday every other weekend. Is there any chance at all a judge might allow that on a restricted license?
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    Apr 26, 2009, 08:05 PM

    No...
    Restrictited lic is used for work and for emergency (medical treatment) and that's it.
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    Apr 26, 2009, 08:11 PM

    Ok I know that's not accurate, I know people that have restricted licenses that get a certain amount of time on weekends. Usually only a couple hours though.
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    Apr 26, 2009, 08:18 PM

    Sorry if you "know" why did you ask. But normally the judge will only issue it for going to work, anything else is personal and theyhave to find a way, get a friend to take them.

    They are of course free to ask the judge to include that, and to list the address she will drive to, and the times of day this will happen at.

    But I would personally bet money against the judge allowing it.
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    Apr 26, 2009, 08:24 PM

    Ok thanks. I wasn't trying to imply that I knew the answer to my own question. I didn't know if judges ever deviate from what is considered the "norm" for a restricted license.
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    Apr 26, 2009, 08:27 PM

    Judges do rule all sort of strange things all the time. He could rule that your friend could only drive in a red shirt if he wanted to,

    The DWI and picking kids up. It could go either way, a over protective judge may see them as a possible danger to the kids if they would consider driving DWI, another more liberal judge would want them to see the children.
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    Apr 26, 2009, 08:35 PM
    You must have a hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles requesting the restricted license. During that hearing, the DMV Hearing Officer asks questions about your driving needs. For instance, where do you live? Where do you work? What hours do you work? If you attend college, what hours are those classes and where are they? If you have regular doctor's appointments, where are they? Stuff like that. All of that information gets put into the DMV computer. When an officer stops you, he has access to this information. If you are not somewhere that is in a reasonably straight line between two approved geographic points, you are cited for Driving Under Revocation for an Alcohol Related Offense and, if convicted of same, are sentenced to a statutorily mandated jail sentence.


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    Apr 26, 2009, 08:49 PM

    Thanks for all the input. I think it seems highly unlikely that a judge would allow for that much drive time on the weekends. My friend knows I frequent this website and I told her I would post the question. I'll pass along the info you've passed along to me. Thanks again :)

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