DUI Hardship License

Following a conviction for a driving under the influence charge, individuals often face severe consequences stemming from these charges. The potential fallout from a driving under the influence charge can prove catastrophic for many individual's lives as well as the lives of their loved ones. In some instances, individuals can find some relief through a DUI hardship license, which will allow their driving rights to be reinstated on a conditional basis. This process takes great legal finesse and only a competent DUI lawyer can truly guide clients through this process successfully.

Potential Consequences Stemming from a Driving Under the Influence charge:

  • Jail or prison incarceration
  • Large fines and court fees
  • Lengthy probation periods
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol counseling
  • Mandatory ignition interlock devices
  • Suspension, revocation, or limitation of driving privileges

Commonly, persons charged with driving under the influence will face at least some of the aforementioned punishments for their crime, but the most commonly associated punishment associated with driving under the influence is complications involving one's driver's license and driving privileges. Even for first time misdemeanor DUI offenders, the vast majority of states require a mandatory license suspension period of time, which typically lasts anywhere from 90 to 180 days with maximums of no more than one year. For repeat offenders, or persons committing ulterior crimes in the commission of driving under the influence, the license revocation time periods skyrocket from lengths in days and months to multiples of years for mandatory license suspension. Although during these periods, a full refurbishing of a convicted drunk driver's driving privileges is rare, almost all states allow for DUI hardship licenses in extenuating circumstances. A DUI lawyer can fight for your right to drive again under a DUI hardship license in your state.

If you are in need of legal assistance, consult with a DUI/DWI Attorney in your area to receive a free case review.

Other terms a DUI hardship license is known by throughout the United States include:

  • Hardship license
  • Limited license
  • Work license
  • Day license
  • Cinderella license

For DUI offenders, driving is possible while still under the restrictions of a suspended license through a DUI hardship license. Each state has unique state DUI laws regarding the policy of granting DUI hardship licenses, and further adding to the confusion, the policy to grant these licenses is solely at the discretion of a presiding judge in each individual case. A DUI defense lawyer is your best source for finding out what options are available to your unique case in each state. Typically, there are certain processes and claims convicted drunk drivers must make in order to start the process of getting a DUI hardship license. For starters, a formal petition to the judge is necessary with a specific claim or claims that would be reason for one requiring a driver's license in spite of a recent DUI conviction. Following this DUI process, a person must appear before a panel hearing that will decide on the matter regarding the allowance of a hardship license for your individual case.

Common Acceptable Reasons for Issuing a DUI Hardship License Include:

  • Allowing the continuation of their employment
  • Necessary for attending school or other educational pursuits
  • Needed for continued medical care
  • Facilitates attendance at alcohol or drug rehabilitation programs or meetings
  • Necessary for the transportation and care of dependents

There are a number of factors that will also enhance an individual's chances of having a petition for a DUI hardship license approved by the state. DUI defense attorneys can advise clients on these matters, but typically, actions such as attending traffic schools, drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs, or submitting to extra conditions on a DUI hardship license are all beneficial in each individual case.

Although the conditions of each DUI hardship license vary on a state to state and case by case basis, a number of rules are standard amongst all states' DUI hardship license programs. These include items such as mandatory ignition interlock devices, attendance at driver safety courses, regularly seeing a probation officer, and complying with all other rules and conditions of the DUI hardship license agreement. Many times, these licenses allow drivers to only operate their vehicle during their hours of employment, for medical needs, or to attend religious functions. For those found by police officers doing otherwise, a driving on a suspended license charge will be issued along with any respective probation violations as well. The serious responsibility of obtaining and retaining a DUI hardship license is best done when under the guidance and experience of a competent DUI lawyer.

If you are in need of legal assistance, consult with an attorney in your area to receive a free case review.

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