It is not a very well-known fact that when you get a DUI you are on a short timeline to make sure you can still keep driving. Most people are not aware that with most DUI arrests, your license is taken away and in order to get it back or to get any rights to drive, you have to make a request for an administrative review of the revocation. This means that a DUI case is a two part case, with one part being the criminal DUI matter and the other part being the administrative case regarding your driver’s license. The most important thing to know about the loss of your license is that if you do not ask for the review within ten days of arrest, you are not allowed to do so later. The result of failing to act fast is that you are not allowed to drive. But, if you do make a timely request, you will be given a chance to have the license revocation overturned, or at least modified. If the revocation is modified, the most likely form of modification is to grant the driver a hardship license.

A hardship license, as it is associated with a DUI is obtained by following these three steps:

  • Make a written request for review of your license revocation. Make this request within ten days of your DUI arrest.
  • Attend the hearing once you know the hearing date. Keep in mind that just because the request has to be made within ten days, this does not mean your hearing happens that fast.
  • At the hearing, present the evidence in your favor that shows you need to continue driving while your DUI case is pending. The evidence needed for your case will depend on your personal needs, and we can help present this for you in a way that makes the most sense.

When given a hardship license, you are still allowed to drive to school and work. Most licenses of this type also grant you the ability to drive to doctor appointments and to things scheduled that relate to your case. The benefit of the license is that you do not run the risk of driving while your license is suspended, which is a new crime you would have to defend. Our team of skilled DUI attorneys knows how to make the request for review on time, and will prepare your case for hearing. Contact us today for more information and to make sure your right to drive is protected.

If you have been charged with DUI, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. Call today to schedule an appointment.