When you are charged with a traffic related offense, such as reckless driving or DUI, you can expect to have your driver’s license suspended. This prospect is scary for most people, because losing the ability to drive seriously interferes with your daily activities. But, there are cases where you can ask for a limited license, but only if you follow the legal procedures that allow you to make this request. For example, if you have been charged with DUI, you only have 10 days to ask for a modified license. If you do not make this administrative request, you will not be able to do so later and your driving privileges will be suspended for one year. For many first time offenders, being granted a limited right to drive is routine, but you do have to provide evidence of your need for this type of license.
This type of license is referred to as a hardship license, and here are two ways obtaining one is beneficial:
- A hardship license will grant you the right to drive to work, school, Church, and other activities. This means you do not have to worry about how you will get around, or ask a co-worker to carpool. Being able to get to work is beneficial to your financial well-being, which means you can continue to support yourself and your family.
- A modified license can help to keep your spirits up while serving the terms of your probation. Being charged with a DUI is confusing and frightening, and can also cause emotional trauma. If you are able to maintain the right to drive to necessary activities, your psyche can receive a real boost. For some people, this type of independence is just what is needed in order to stay on course with probation and successfully complete their case.
Of course every case is different, and everyone has different needs. What you need from your DUI case depends on your lifestyle and personal obligations. We can help by identifying which needs are considered “necessary”, and making an argument that your limited right to drive should include the ability to drive to and from those activities. Call us today for a review of your case, and allow us to develop a strategy that works best for you.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call our office for help. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.