A common penalty that people face after a DUI is having their driver's license suspended. This can have a greater impact on your life than you may have realized before the conviction. You may find yourself struggling to get to work, take your children to school, grocery shop and more. However, you may be allowed to drive under certain circumstances with a hardship license.
How to qualify and apply
A hardship license allows someone to drive to particular places despite the suspension of their driver's license. They must, however, face significant hardship from the inability to drive.
Court must interpret when your ability to drive is a need. Usually this encompasses such things as driving to work, attending necessary medical appointments or picking children up from school if they have no other way to get home.
To obtain a hardship license, you must be able to show why the suspension causes hardship and why you need to be able to drive to certain places. An attorney can help you with the initial application to make sure you have the best chances of receiving a license.
Additional restrictions and fees
Although a hardship license can greatly benefit you until you get your driver's license back, it does not come without a cost.
Rhode Island requires you to use an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) while driving with a hardship license. This is a small device that gets installed in your car and it functions similarly to a breathalyzer. In order for your car to start, the IID must not detect alcohol in your system.
Upon obtaining a hardship license, you will need to have an IID installed or you will not be allowed to drive at all.
There are also some initial fees for obtaining a hardship license. These include:
· A $100 fee for the IID restriction
· A $6.50 fee for the new license
· Possible fees to the IID company
Being unable to drive creates a lot of difficulties in day-to-day life. If your license was suspended because of a DUI, consider discussing your options with a skilled attorney who can help you successfully obtain a hardship license.