Understanding how a hardship license works in Rhode Island

One of the most inconvenient and frustrating challenges in life has recently happened to you - you lost your driver's license. Whether the state revoked your license because of a DUI or because you refused to submit to a chemical test during a traffic stop, losing the right to drive has seriously impacted your ability to get the most important things done in your life. You still have a job to get to, as well as errands to run and appointments to keep. Can a Rhode Island hardship license improve your situation?

You cannot rely on people to give you rides everywhere, and public transportation might be too expensive or not available for your needs. Fortunately, if you are able to prove that you need to drive your vehicle in certain situations, the court might award you a hardship license. This is a license granted by the court, which allows you to use your car in the following circumstances:

  • Getting to and from work
  • Shopping for groceries and necessities for your household
  • Taking your children to and from school and extracurricular activities
  • Attending job training or alcohol education classes
  • Going to school
  • Attending medical appointments

There is a catch to obtaining a hardship license - you must agree to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, as well as pay for the expense and upkeep of the device. It is understandable that you might feel this is a further inconvenience and expense.

However, you could look at your hardship license and interlock device as a means to prove to the court that you are doing what is necessary to earn your regular driver's license back. You should also know that you have the right to seek a competent legal defense after a drunk driving or sobriety test refusal charge.

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