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How to Have Your Driving Privileges Restored After a DWI

Some people lose their licenses for years because of mistakes they make behind the wheel. If you have had to go without a license for years, you may be able to fight to get your driving privileges restored. An attorney can fight in court for you to be able to drive again in the near future. The following guide walks you through a few things you may need to do to get your license back.  
Prove that You Do Not Have a Drinking or Drug Problem
If you were convicted of a DWI, you might need to prove that you do not have an issue with alcohol or drug abuse. You can often do this by taking drug and alcohol classes where you are tested regularly for drug and alcohol use. This will show the judge that oversees your case that you have made a change in your life and are no longer making the same poor choices.
Prove that You Have Places You Need to Be
In order to get your driving privileges restored, you need to be able to establish that you have specific places that you need to go to on a regular basis. If you have children, you need to prove that you need to take them to and from school, to doctor's appointments, and any extracurricular activities they may participate in.
If you have medical issues that require you to go to the doctor on a regular basis, the judge will need to know. Also, you need to establish that you have a job that you have been at for an extended period of time. This will show the judge that you are trying to get your life back on track and are being responsible when it comes to your work ethic.
Prove that You Are Willing to Pay for High-Risk Insurance Coverage
For you to be able to have your driving privileges reinstated, you may need to pay for high-risk insurance coverage before the judge grants you the ability to drive again. A common form of insurance for high-risk drivers is SR-22 insurance. SR-22 insurance coverage often costs more than more traditional auto insurance policies because the insurance company views you as being a risk to insure.
You can get SR-22 insurance even if you do not have a car to insure. It is best to print off proof of your policy to show to the judge so that he or she can see evidence that you are trying to make positive changes in your life.
Prove You Have Paid All of Your Fines and Penalties
Before you try to get your driving privileges restored, pay off all of the fines and penalties that you owe. Showing that you are willing to pay off any financial obligations you accrued through the bad decisions that you have made is a sign that you are growing up and taking responsibility for your actions.
You can find out how much money you owe by contacting the courthouse that convicted you of your DWI. If you are not able to easily get the information on your own, your attorney should be able to get it for you.
When you're ready to fight to have your driving privileges restored, contact Barrett & Howell Attorneys at Law right away. Our team of attorneys can fight to show that you have made positive changes in your life and that you are ready to drive responsibly in the future. You may be able to have your diving rights fully restored or at least get a restricted license that lets you drive at specific times.

Barrett & Howell
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5 W. Hargett St., Suite 700
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-833-2561
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Raleigh, NC 27602

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