If you have (or are about to have) your driving privileges suspended in Kansas, we have good news for you. While there is still no "hardship license", there is now a limited/restricted license, after DUI. This provides you with some ability to lawfully drive for things like work, school, treatment programs, emergencies, etc. Keep reading to find out more.
You will likely only be able to drive cars with Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) inside. An IID is installed into your car that prevents your car from starting if you are under the influence. So long as your BAC reads under 0.04 your car will start. Approximately every 15 minutes you must blow into it again to keep your car running. This is how Kansas hopes to ensure that you do not reoffend and/or endanger anyone else. Just know this is an expensive devise and it is required.
This license is not guaranteed. In fact, you must pay an application fee and ask the Kansas Department of Revenue for permission to drive. Your application will be reviewed and either approved or denied. Your Kansas restricted license may be granted so long as:
There is a "waiting period" before you can seek a "hardship" license in Kansas. If your license has already been suspended for one year, or more, you are automatically presumed eligible to apply for a restricted license. If you were suspend for failing a breathalyzer, or DUI conviction, you can apply after 45 days of suspension. A suspension because of refusing to submit to DUI testing requires that you wait 90 days before apply for a restricted license. Although you must wait to apply for a restricted license, in the end it is far better than not having a license at all (or worse driving while restricted).
This license does not come without one more catch. Besides having to apply, pay fees and have an IID, you must agree to added license restriction time. That means, your suspension time will be increased beyond what was ordered/agreed to in court. The length of additional time is based upon your number of prior suspensions, failed tests and/or your blood alcohol level (BAC) at the time of the charge. You will be notified of the time extension at a later date.
It is possible that your personal circumstance does not fit neatly into the information provided above, and that you need a Kansas DUI attorney. We are here to help. Call Attorney T. Morton NOW 913-602-7288. Payment plans available.
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