You can lose your driving privileges in many ways, from drunk driving charges to failure to pay child support. You may wonder how to support yourself without the ability to drive, but you have options available to you that will allow you to drive and preserve your driving privileges in the future.

Obeying the suspension could be key to getting back on the road.

If you have a suspended license, you face stiff penalties if you are caught driving. Driving with a suspended license could result in your suspension being extended, keeping you off the road for even longer. You may also pay hefty fines or spend time in jail for driving with a suspended license, and if your license was suspended because of a DUI or other serious offense, the penalties are even steeper.

You can appeal this suspension.

If your license has been suspended, there are options available to you. You have the right to appeal your suspension. You may need to move quickly, however. The petition for review will need to be filed within two weeks of the initial hearing.

You can get back on the road for necessary travel.

Whether you are supporting a family, trying to finish your schooling or need to travel to get medical treatment, the loss of your license is a hardship. You would not be alone—hundreds of thousands of people with suspended licenses may be driving in our state, many because they cannot get to work otherwise.

While understandable, driving with a suspended license still puts you at risk of even more legal consequences. However, it is possible to get back on the road for necessary travel before the end of a suspension by applying for restricted driving privileges. If you are eligible, these limited driving privileges allow travel for medical treatment, court-required travel, healthcare, work and school, and they could protect your ability to support yourself and your family.