Can I Get a Restricted License After a Drug Conviction?
Are you facing drug charges for the first time in West Palm Beach? If so, you may not realize the full ramifications of a drug-related charge in Florida, even if it’s for possessing a small amount of marijuana, a medication that was technically prescribed to your friend or family member, cocaine, mushrooms, or another controlled substance.
You see, if you’re convicted of a drug-related offense in Florida, not only would it likely result in fines and incarceration, but it will also result in a driver license suspension. “What? I thought my license would only be suspended for driving under the influence!”
In Florida, your license can be suspended for DUI, but it can also be suspended for the following offenses if you are 18 or older:
- Drug possession
- Drug sales
- Drug trafficking
- Conspiracy to possess, sell or traffic drugs
Under Section 322.055 of the Florida Statutes it says this about drug license suspensions: “The period of such revocation shall be 1 year or until the person is evaluated for and, if deemed necessary by the evaluating agency, completes a drug treatment and rehabilitation program approved or regulated by the Department of Children and Families.”
Can I Get a Restricted License?
“Is there any way that I can obtain a restricted license so I can drive to and from work?” It is entirely possible. Under Sec. 322.055 it says that if your Florida driver license is suspended or revoked due to a drug-related offense, after six months, you can petition the department to restore your driving privilege on either a restricted basis (meaning you can only drive to and from your place of employment) or on an unrestricted basis.
However, there is no way you can apply for a restricted or unrestricted license until your driver license has been suspended or revoked for six full months. To learn more about restricted licenses under Section 322.271, click here.
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