Your eligibility for an occupational license largely depends on why your license has been suspended or revoked. Specifically, if your license has been revoked because of an OWI-related conviction, the waiting period before you are eligible to receive an occupational license will depend on the number of prior OWI conviction you have received, as well as whether the OWI conviction also had a refusal associated with it.
Convictions for OWI offenses can have serious consequences beyond fines or the potential of jail time. This is especially true for individuals who make their living working in jobs that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If you are convicted of a single OWI-related offense, or even if your license is merely administratively suspended because of an arrest for suspicion of OWI, you will lose your CDL for a year. Worse, if you are convicted of two OWI-related offenses, you will be permanently disqualified from obtaining a CDL. These CDL disqualifications occur regardless of whether the OWI occurred in a commercial or noncommercial vehicle.
If you are arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and are issued an intent to suspend license form, it is important to contact an attorney to ensure that a timely request for an administrative hearing is made. This is critical to help you keep your driver’s license, and to learn more about the evidence that might be used against you if you are prosecuted for OWI.