People who see their driving privileges suspended due to a DUI conviction may still be able to reclaim some restricted driving ability under Georgia law in the form of a limited driving permit. While a person with a limited driving permit does not regain privileges to drive anywhere, the individual may be able to access work, school, and also take care of legal obligations.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services explains that under a limited driving permit, a person can drive to a place of employment to perform usual work duties. This can help you maintain your job while you wait for your full driving privileges to be reinstated. If you attend college or school, a limited driving permit can be used for travel to and from campus.
State law also allows people to use limited driving permits for medical purposes. For instance, some drivers take prescription medication. With a limited permit, you can go to the pharmacy and pick up a prescription. You can also drive to receive medical care. If you have a family member who does not drive, you are allowed to take your relative to medical treatment if needed. You can also drive your relative to school and to work.
Aside from attending to certain everyday tasks, a limited driving permit is also meant to allow people to fulfill requirements stemming from a court order or sentence. This can mean going to an alcohol support organization or to a driver education program. You are also allowed to drive to court to attend necessary court dates, go to community service, or travel to report to a probation officer or community supervision.
DUIs and resulting court actions can happen in many ways and affect people differently. For this reason, do not read this article as actionable legal advice. It is only written to provide general information on this topic.