How Soon Can I get a Work Permit or Limited License?

In order to get a work permit, you need to wait a specified mandatory waiting period in some cases.  Because of the new Ignition Interlock law, many drivers are no longer eligible for a work permit at all.  The mandatory waiting period to get a work permit varies from 15 days for most first time offenders (unless you test .16 or more, in which case you are not eligible for a work permit) to up to one year (i.e. no limited at all), depending on: (1) whether you took the test or refused; (2) whether you tested .16 or more; and (3) the number of prior DWI’s you have. Because of the growing complexity of DWI law, including defenses and penalties, I recommend that you hire an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney like me to help you navigate the maze of “the system.” I will help you get your work permit or go on Ignition Interlock or get a  full license back as soon as possible. You will also need to:

(1) take the written test on Chapters 7 and 8 of the driving manual which deal with the effects of alcohol and drugs and the regulations concerning DWI, etc.,

(2) make an application for a new driver’s license, and

(3) pay the reinstatement fee of $680. If, HOWEVER, you have filed an implied consent petition to challenge the revocation of your driver’s license, then you should not be required to pay the $680 fee to get a work permit, unless your license revocation is upheld (“sustained”) in court.

I recommend that all drivers who want to fight their criminal DWI charge also file an implied consent petition to challenge their driver’s license revocation, which is a separate civil case. Many drivers can win their implied consent case based on cops not showing up for trial, technical issues such as missing or improperly filled out paperwork, misleading advice from police to drivers, insufficient time to contact an attorney when under arrest, denial of the right to a second test, etc. Winning your civil implied consent license revocation case will then give you leverage over the prosecutor in the criminal DWI case.

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