If you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you'll likely have your driver’s license suspended. A suspended driver’s license can make it difficult to get to work, go to the grocery store, or accomplish other vital daily tasks. Thankfully, it's possible to obtain a hardship license or a limited driving privilege that will allow you to get to and from work, school, or medical appointments while having a suspended license.
What Is a Hardship License?
Also known as a restricted license, a hardship license allows drivers to maintain a handful of their driving privileges. They are most often issued as a result of license suspensions after DUI, but they can also be given to drivers whose physical health does not allow them to operate a vehicle with an unrestricted credential. You apply for a restricted driver’s license through the MDOT MVA.
Why Do I Need a Hardship License?
A hardship license is helpful for people with a suspended license because it allows them to keep their job and meet important obligations that require driving. You may want to consider getting one if you need to drive to remain employed, get to school or get your kids to school, attend alcohol or drug treatment, go to doctor's visits, or complete other important tasks.
All of your driving privileges are not restored when you get a hardship license; it comes with strict conditions. In some cases, people will be limited to certain routes when driving to and from permitted places. Hardship licenses also specify the times a person can drive.
How to Get a Hardship License
To get a hardship license, you must submit an application form, present certain evidentiary documents, and supply proof that confirm your eligibility for a hardship license (such as an employment verification document). You will also have to pay a fee to apply for the hardship license.
A driver’s eligibility to get a hardship license depends on the driver’s situation and the reason why their license was suspended in the first place.
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If you have been charged with a DUI, it is vital to contact a Prince George's County DUI defense attorney at Gracia & Mintz as soon as possible. A driver only has 15 days to schedule an administrative hearing after the notice of a license suspension or revocation. A DUI offense can have multiple penalties aside from license suspension. We can help you receive a hardship driver’s license to help you live your life while you await trial, as well as defending your future from the charges.
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