Making the case for a hardship license
You did something foolish behind the wheel. You crossed over a legal line and lost your license. And now, you’re really in a bind.
In years past, if your license was revoked or suspended, you would be in big trouble. But in more recent times, many states have implemented a hardship or restricted license program. Basically, this means that you may be given a license that allows you to drive…
- To and from work
- Back and forth to school
- To church and other religious services
- To care for an elderly parent or a dependent
- For medical appointments, including a dentist, doctor or medical emergencies
- For court mandated community service
- To go grocery shopping
As one of the conditions of a restricted license, you may also be limited to driving on certain days of the week or at certain times of the day. In other instances, you may be restricted to only driving a particular car, or limited as to which route you can take. Since these applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, every hardship license will have it’s own unique set of rules and restrictions a driver will need to follow.
In general, a presiding judge will look at several things, such as the reason your license was suspended in the first place. The more serious the offense, the less likely you will be granted a hardship. Your driving record will also be reviewed. If you are a habitual driving offender, this will be counted against you. The court will also consider why you need a hardship license. If you can’t demonstrate a compelling need, chances are you won’t get one.
Keep in mind that being granted a hardship license does not exempt you from the rules of the road, or paying the penalty if you break the law again. If you’re ticketed or commit a worse violation, you can lose your hard earned hardship license, and risk losing your driving privileges for the duration of your suspended license.
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