New Changes Coming To The Occupational Limited Licenses Law In Pennsylvania

June 13, 2017By Brian Manchester

How The Change Will Affect Your Ability To Get One If You Are Convicted Or Already Convicted Of A DUI In Pennsylvania?

Occupational Limited Licenses A Thing Of The Past?

Pennsylvania Occupational Limited Licenses are a special license that individuals can apply for through Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This license is issued to an individual that had their general license suspended for a period of time. This special license allows that individual to drive and operate a vehicle to go to work.

Pennsylvania Senate bill 290 was signed by Governor Wolf back in 2016. The section in Senate bill 290 dealing with how Occupational Limited Licenses will become effective August 25, 2017. Under the old/current law under 75 PACSA 1553 Occupational Limited License could be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for almost all instances when an individual’s operating privileges were suspended. Some of the violations that caused a license suspension had waiting periods before they could apply. For example an individual who had their license suspended for a period of 12 months because of a violation for a first time Pennsylvania DUI offense will not be eligible for an Occupational Limited License for a period of 60 days. After which they would have been eligible to apply for the program. Second offense DUIs have a waiting period of 12 months. All of this will change under the new law. On August 25, 2017, Individuals that have their license suspended for a Pennsylvania DUI under sections 75 PACSA 3731 or 75 PACSA 3802 or for a refusal to submit to chemical testing under section 75 PACSA 1547 will no longer be eligible for the Occupational Limited License. These are the vast majority of individuals who are seeking this special license. Individuals charged with other offenses in which there is a license suspension will still be eligible.

Since individuals that have their license suspended for DUI or Refusing to submit to a chemical test will no longer be eligible for an Occupational Limited License, they will have to look for an alternative. Senate bill 290 does offer an alternative under 75 PACSA 1556 Ignition Interlock Limited License. These individuals will have to apply for the special Ignition Interlock Limited License through Pennsylvania Department of Transportation instead of the Occupational Limited License. To learn more about the changes to the Ignition Interlock Limited License in Senate bill 290 see my post on that subject.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you need legal representation whether it is dealing with a license issue or a criminal matter contact attorneys that are going to know the law inside and out. Here at Manchester and Associates we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At Manchester and Associates, we practice in criminal defense, thus we understand when people find themselves accused or charged with a crime, and the challenges that each individual case could face in the PA judicial system including license issues. With a combined experience of over 50 years, there is almost no situation we have not encountered.

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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