Ask The Review Hearing Officer When You Will Be Eligible For a Permit
This is important because it is different in each case. Your eligibility is dependent upon your charge (refusal or DUBAL), and any previous suspensions for DUI. So remember, if you get a letter after your hearing that says the suspension is upheld, call and ask the review board when you will be eligible for a hardship permit.
Attend DUI School
After an administrative suspension is upheld, the only way you can obtain a hardship permit or eventual good license is to attend a local DUI school. If it is your first DUI, you will need to attend a level one class which lasts roughly eight hours. If it is your second or third, the class is much more intensive and much longer. But if you do not attend you will never receive a license.
Don't Drive For Pleasure on Your Permit
A hardship permit only allows the holder to drive for business purposes. This means work, school, church, groceries, etc. This does not mean driving to your friends house for dinner, driving to the mall for a shopping trip, and definitely not driving to a nightclub or bar, even if you are the designated driver. Now in regards to the D.D. example, if there is no other choice at the end of the night, then it would be okay. If you are pulled over be prepared to explain why you are driving and why it is necessary. If it is deemed unnecessary, you could receive a ticket for driving on business purpose only permit without a business purpose, a new criminal case. BE CAREFUL!
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