There could be a time when you need to rent a car in order to go on a family trip or if your car needs fixed. However, if you have a DUI/DWI, you might find that it’s more difficult to rent a car than it would be if you have a clean driving record. Before submitting any kind of paperwork to the car rental company, you need to be honest with the company and ask if people who have DUI convictions can rent a car. The rules are different in every state, but in most states, you will not be able to rent a car with a DUI conviction on your record.
Some companies will only look at your record for the past few years, but there are some companies that will take into consideration the severity of the charge and how long ago the charge was received. It is important to look at the fine print in any car rental agreement because a DUI could be considered reckless driving or a serious driving habit that could interfere with driving conditions. If there is any kind of license restriction such as a suspension, then this will likely eliminate you from being able to rent a car. When you go to rent a car, the company will look at your insurance, license and possibly your current registration. If you try to hide the fact that you have a DUI, the company will still find out, and you might put yourself further behind in renting a car because you tried to keep the information from the company.
While trying to rent a car yourself might work, an attorney can help you get the charges dropped or expunged so that you can live a somewhat normal life when it comes to driving.