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Understanding criteria for a hardship license in Massachusetts

If your license has been suspended by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles for driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances, you may find yourself struggling to keep your job or maintain any sort of gainful employment if your employment requires being able to transport yourself to and from work, job sites or other key locations. At John B. Seed, Attorney we take pride in supporting you in resolving your DUI to ensure that you are able to maintain your quality of life and work via an application for a hardship license.

A hardship license allows you to drive for court-ordered periods on established days of the week, and for limited purposes related to your job. In order to attain a hardship license, you must submit an application and meet the requirements listed on the Mass.gov website, then attend a hearing with the appropriate documentation in hand. The requirements vary based on whether this is your first DUI offense, if you are a multiple offender, or if you have been suspended for drug abuse. There are also license criteria for those who have been suspended for "habitual traffic offenses."

For instance, as a first-time DUI offender you would be required to prove eligibility for the program through completion of other active revocations, proof of non-activity during the revocation period, and proof of involvement in mandatory programs. You must have documented evidence of a legitimate hardship caused by lack of independent access to a vehicle. Those with multiple offenses face the same criteria and more, including specified periods of time since the last offense before they can be considered for a hardship license.

Losing your license can affect your education, your ability to work and your quality of life. If you need more information on the criteria involved in attaining a hardship license, our website and blog can provide a number of informational resources.

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