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What does it take to get my license back after an OUI?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2022 | OUI

Drunk driving charges can severely impact your life both now and into the future. When you face suspension of your driver’s license, it can feel like your entire life was upended.

When it is time to reinstate your license, the rules may seem complex and confusing. However, it is crucial to follow the proper steps you could face accusations that you were driving without a valid license.

Here’s what you should know about the process of getting your license reinstated after an OUI.

Your first offense

After an OUI conviction, there will be a significant amount of waiting. Depending on the ruling in your case, your suspension could be 45 days or more.

After your suspension and any jail time are over, you cannot simply get in your car and start driving again. You will need to complete a few steps, including attending a suspension hearing and paying a reinstatement fee.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may also need to pass a permit or license test. If your suspension was more than two years, you will likely need to take both the permit exam and the road test.

Will I need an ignition interlock?

Ignition interlock devices (IID) are typically for those with two or more OUI convictions. If you have had two or more OUIs, you may need an IID to reinstate your license or if you are seeking a hardship license.

You should keep in mind that there can be other circumstances where a court requires an IID after a drunk driving conviction. In Massachusetts, a court can require an IID at their discretion.

Getting your license back after an OUI can be a complex process, and there can be serious consequences if you do not take all the required steps. You should talk to a skilled professional about the steps you need to take to get your license back.