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What is a Hardship License?

If you were caught driving under the influence and ended up going to jail for it, you will have to face DUI charges in court. One of the top consequences of a DUI is losing your driving privileges. If this happens to you, you may end up with a suspended license for a while; however, you could always seek a hardship license, if you really need to continue driving. Here are several things you should understand about a hardship license.

What it is

A hardship license is also called a restricted license, and what this type of license offers is a way to drive to the most important places you need to go to, such as work. It is not a regular driver's license that allows you to drive whenever you want or wherever you want, but it can solve the problem you may face relating to how you will get to work after losing your license.

What it allows you to do

If you can get a hardship license, it is very important to find out exactly what you can do with it. In other words, you will need to know the rules in your state and the rules that the court sets for you as an individual, and these can vary from person to person and state to state. In almost all cases, a hardship license will allow you to drive to and from work. It may also give you the ability to drive to and from alcohol classes or meetings. In many cases, it also allows parents to bring their kids to and from school or sports practices. You might also be allowed to attend medical appointments, including counseling visits or doctor checkups.

Why you must follow the rules

One of the most important things to understand about a hardship license is that it is a privilege. It allows you to continue driving to important places, when you legally should not have this privilege. Because of this, you will need to carefully follow the rules you have with this license. If you break any of them, you could lose this privilege and end up back with a suspended license.

If you would like to get a hardship license, you will need to hire a criminal lawyer for help, as it is hard to get one on your own. Your lawyer will know how to request this privilege from the court, and your lawyer will help you know if you would even qualify for this, before he or she seeks this solution for you from the court.