If your license has been suspended due to a DUI conviction, you may be wondering when you can drive again. The amount of time that you will have to wait to apply for a hardship license in a state like Massachusetts will depend on the circumstances of your case. Many factors are taken into account.
Ultimately, the RMV or DMV (depending on which state you are in) will decide whether or not you are eligible for a hardship license. Before a decision is made, you will be required to attend a hearing where you will have to prove your eligibility as well as need. If you are granted a hardship license, you will gain the privilege to drive. However, there are restrictions.
You will only be able to drive within 12 hours each day. When driving with a hardship license, you are limited to driving to destinations that meet your needs, such as work, medical appointments, school, and other destinations that your RMV hearing officer deems necessary and valid.
Approval of a hardship license is not a guarantee. It most cases, it is in your best interest to consult with a hardship license lawyer before you begin the application process. Learn more about how long you will have to wait for your hardship license below.
How Long Will I Have To Wait If I Have An OUI Conviction?
Those that are convicted of a first time OUI (operating under the influence) offense in Massachusettes may be able to apply for a hardship license three days after they have been convicted or pled guilty.
However, If you have multiple OUI convictions, you will have to serve some of your license suspension time before you are eligible to apply for a hardship license. Hardship licenses can also be granted for other individuals in Massachusetts that have had their license suspended. Those that have been convicted of the following offenses may be able to apply:
- Operating Under The Influence
- Habitual Traffic Offender
- First Offense Alcohol/Drug Program
- Other Drug Convictions
Eligibility Criteria For Hardship License
While the final decision of whether or not you will be granted a hardship license will be up the RMV, there are specific criteria that each applicant must meet to be eligible. The requirements for first-time OUI offenders and multiple-time offenders are relatively the same. However, there are a few differences. Listed below are some of the most notable eligibility requirements for a hardship license.
- No evidence that you’ve operated a vehicle since your license was suspended
- Other active license suspension periods are completed
- There is a documented need for a hardship license
- Ignition interlock device must be installed (if approved for a hardship license)
- Entrance into a drug or alcohol counseling program (if applicable)
When To Contact A Hardship License Lawyer
While it is possible to apply for a hardship license without help. An adept attorney can significantly increase the likelihood of approval. They will help you to obtain the proper documentation and information required for your hearing with an RMV officer. Additionally, a hardship license attorney will attend your hearing with you.
You may not be granted another opportunity to apply for a hardship license after your initial hearing (unless your circumstances change). Thus, it is in your best interest to be fully prepared the first time that you have an opportunity to apply for a hardship license.
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