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Restricted Driving Violations

Restricted Driving Violations in Virginia DUI Cases: Legal Implications and Penalties

Introduction Restricted driving violations following a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) conviction in Virginia carry significant legal consequences. This article examines the nature of these violations, the statutes governing them, and the potential penalties faced by offenders. If you are facing a restricted driving violation, contact Mr. R. Tyler Bezilla today for a free consultation.

Overview of Restricted Licenses in DUI Cases

Issuance and Conditions Under Virginia Code § 18.2-271.1, individuals convicted of a DUI may be eligible for a restricted driver's license. This license allows limited driving privileges, typically for essential activities like work, school, medical appointments, and court-ordered obligations.

Legal Boundaries of Restricted Licenses

Specific Limitations The scope of a restricted license is explicitly outlined in the court order. It specifies when and where an individual can drive, often including time restrictions and designated locations.

Violating Restricted License Terms

Nature of Violations Violations occur when an individual drives outside the permitted times or locations or for purposes not covered by the restricted license. Additionally, driving without a required ignition interlock device (if ordered) constitutes a violation (Virginia Code § 18.2-270.1).

Penalties for Restricted License Violations

Criminal Charges and Penalties Violating the terms of a restricted license is a serious offense. Under Virginia Code § 18.2-272, such violations can result in Class 1 misdemeanor charges, carrying penalties of up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

Additional License Suspension Furthermore, a violation can lead to an additional suspension of driving privileges, often for the same duration as the original suspension period.

Enforcement and Legal Process

Law Enforcement and Reporting Violations are typically identified through traffic stops or monitoring by law enforcement. Courts may also receive reports of non-compliance from ignition interlock device providers.

Legal Proceedings for Violations Individuals accused of violating their restricted license conditions may face court proceedings, where the specifics of the violation are examined, and penalties are determined.

Challenges and Considerations

Navigating Restrictions Understanding and adhering to the specific restrictions of a limited license can be challenging but is essential to avoid further legal complications.

Ignition Interlock Device Compliance For those required to use an ignition interlock device, compliance with device requirements, including regular maintenance and data reporting, is crucial.


  1. What activities are allowed under a restricted license in Virginia? Allowed activities typically include driving to work, school, medical appointments, and court-ordered programs.

  2. What happens if I'm caught driving outside my restricted license conditions? You may face a Class 1 misdemeanor charge, additional license suspension, and other penalties.

  3. Is an ignition interlock device mandatory for a restricted license? It is often required, especially for repeat DUI offenders or those with high BAC levels.

  4. Can I challenge a restricted driving violation accusation? Yes, individuals can contest the violation in court, often with the assistance of a lawyer.

  5. How long does a restricted license last in DUI cases? The duration varies and is typically determined by the court, based on the specifics of the DUI offense and the individual's driving history.


Adhering to the terms of a restricted license following a DUI conviction in Virginia is crucial. Understanding the legal boundaries and potential penalties for violations is essential for individuals navigating this aspect of DUI penalties. Non-compliance can lead to severe legal consequences, underscoring the importance of respecting and understanding the limitations imposed by a restricted license.

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