Depending on the state, the individual may still acquire a hardship license even after a driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol conviction in the courts. These specifics rely on the state regulations, an expungement of the criminal offense and other factors that may determine that the person has sufficient proof of driving without undue influence from substances.
Loss of Driving Privileges
After a person receives charges of a DUI, he or she may also suffer through penalties with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state. The DMV may suspend the license of the individual, incur further punishments or require a fee to reinstate the license. The loss of driving privileges is one such penalty that occurs often with a DUI conviction. More than one of these could increase these periods or increase penalties. Depending on the state and the factors of the case, it is possible that a hardship license is out of reach for the person with at least one DUI conviction.
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normal driver’s license is either already revoked or suspended because of actions the person engaged in such as reckless driving or a DUI, he or she may receive a hardship license. This lets the person remain in control of a vehicle under certain circumstances and in approved situations. The limitations generally require the person to only to go to school, work or for medical appointments with a doctor. Some states limit these licenses further and others have broader privileges available. The restrictions may also change based on the hours of the day.
The Consequences of a DUI
The usual reasons a person will need to acquire a hardship license are due to the revocation or suspension of the driver’s license. There are many states that do permit the individual to seek a hardship license, but these may require only a suspension of driving privileges. In these locations, the person will suffer greater penalties if he or she has a revoked license. However, other states do permit the person to seek a hardship license when he or she has a revocation. The limitations and restrictions that may exist in both reacquiring the driving privileges and in what this person may do with this license are often harsher.
A DUI will usually lead to a loss of driving any vehicle for a short period of time. The more DUIs a person accrues, the more severe the penalties are for this person. However, most states will let a person reacquire the use of a car or seek a hardship license if there is only one DUI or if the circumstances were minor. Other states will refuse to give this driver a chance. Other consequences are possible to include the lack of any use of a car, a device added to the vehicle to check alcohol levels in the breath and other penalties depending on the circumstances of the DUI conviction.
While a hardship license is possible in many circumstances, not all drivers may receive one once requested. Some states will remove these licenses from anyone with a DUI conviction no matter how minor or how long ago. For certain locations, the state will not grant this type of license for felony DUIs where the death, severe injury or property damage occurred. Specific DMV’s will only provide a hardship license if the conviction was for a DUI misdemeanor. There are often different and additional restrictions available based on the state or local legal ordinances. It is important to check before requesting one.
It is usually a requirement to only have one DUI conviction before requesting a hardship license. However, if the state does provide these in these circumstances, additional requirements are often necessary. Some places will demand that driver’s school programs are complete before granting a hardship license. Others will require the person to have a short or long period of rehabilitation. Programs and courses with safety and consumption of alcohol or drugs are often other possible restrictions incurred. Even once the application pushes through, the individual may have other limits or conditions attached.
Legal Support for a Hardship License
Once a DUI conviction exists on the record of the individual, he or she may need a lawyer to help acquire a hardship license. Some may need an expungement while others may need assistance pushing an application through. In certain circumstances, the lawyer may assist in seeking the correct person or organization to assist with this.