Virginia Restoration of Driving Privileges Basic Introduction

Virginia Restoration of Driving Privileges Laws

may dictate your ability to legally operate a motor vehicle

Update: Don’t miss our article due out soon, covering six (6) restoration of driving privileges statutes in Virginia that have been selected by author-Virginia traffic lawyer and team leader, Brenton Vincenzes.

If you are a declared “habitual offender” (either the DMV declared you a habitual offender due to convictions for offenses taking place prior to the 1999 law changes, OR you were adjudicated or declared a habitual offender by a Virginia court), or if you have a history of Virginia DWI offenses on your record, then the ability to apply to reinstate the driver’s license is not automatic. In fact, it is not easy at all. Instead, a process is required:

Restoration – also referred to as – Restoration of driving privileges

Do you need a Virginia traffic lawyer or local Criminal attorney?

You can represent yourself, but it is almost never a good idea. It takes an attorney with knowledge and real-practice experience to adequately address questions pertaining to the following (in any traffic or criminal case):

  • jail time, suspended jail time, or violation of probation issues
  • Virginia DMV demerit points
  • long-term record issues (qualification for expungement problems)
  • pre-trial programs
  • alternative programs

How to restore virginia licenseThe general consensus among the lawyers in Virginia as well as those who understand the workings of the justice system is that it is better to have a Virginia traffic lawyer or local Virginia criminal attorney handle a traffic-related violation or criminal charge, such as reckless driving for example. But another driving-related legal matter — and one of the most complex — is restoration of driving privilege proceedings is due to the complexity of the law; the know-how when dealing with ASAP; and, to ensure the specific requirements are met.

The laws changed in 1999

Prior to the law change, if you committed three offenses (specifically listed violations) in a ten (10) year window, you would be a habitual offender. What did it mean for the people declared or adjudicated a habitual offender?

The habitual offender’s driver’s license is revoked for ten years

When the ten year period is up, the habitual offender would receive the automatic ability to pay a fee and reinstate a driver’s license, right?


This is the most important point of the entire discussion and as a result, there are thousands of people all over the country who have been declared a habitual offender prior to 1999, either by the DMV in Virginia, or a Virginia court. This is important, because people who lose their privilege to operate  motor vehicle in Virginia lose their ability in other states…and after a period of time has passed, eventually these people want to restore those their privileges.

From the ASAP evaluation and consolidating the appropriate information to send, through the judicial process, at Vincenzes Law, PLLC, our Virginia traffic and Fairfax criminal attorneys not only helps clients by offering competitive flat fees, but guides those clients from point A to point Z

. Don’t wait: time is not on your side (Call us today, or anytime, at 703.665.3719703.665.3719)

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.


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