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D’oh! I refused the chemical test…

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Jan 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

So you were arrested for DUI and refused to have your blood, breath or urine tested by the police after he or she informed you – repeatedly – of your implied-consent obligations and attendant consequences for refusal. Your license is now suspended by PennDOT. A frequent question arises in almost every instance this happens. Is there a “work license” or “limited license” option available? The short answer is yes but getting one isn't easy.

What's an OLL? OLL stands for Occupational Limited License. According to PennDOT, an Occupational Limited License is a limited driver's license issued to a driver whose Pennsylvania driving privilege has been suspended.

So, does a suspension for refusal to submit to chemical testing qualify for an OLL? Yes, but getting one isn't easy. PennDOT will only issue an OLL under the following circumstances:

1. It must be an 18-month suspension.
2. The applicant has no more than one prior DUI offense within the past 10 years.
3. The applicant has served 12 months of the 18 month suspension.
4. The applicant has satisfied all restoration requirements.
5. The applicant has the ignition interlock installed on their vehicle.

Fun, right?

Remember, the DUI laws are designed to deter drunk driving and the best way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and get behind the wheel of a car.

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, give us a call as soon as possible. Time is of the essence and we sincerely enjoy helping good people through tough times.

About the Author

Sean Quinlan

Attorney Quinlan has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 2001. He earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, and earned his B.A. at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania State Bar Associati...


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