Can you get a Hardship or Work License after an OUI Arrest in Massachusetts?
When people are convicted of a First Offense OUI, they are often curious as to when they will be able to drive again. Attorney DelSignore is here to advise you on what to expect and how to obtain a hardship license. You must have a Massachusetts License to be eligible for a hardship license.
Is it possible to get a hardship license on an OUI charge in Massachusetts?Once the case is resolved, an individual is eligible for a hardship license on a first offense charge. If you failed the breath test, your license will be suspended for a total of 30 days, and you will be allowed to get your license back after. This changes if you decide to accept a plea deal before the 30-day suspension has ended. If you do this, you will be eligible for a hardship license immediately.
When am I eligible for a MA Hardship License after a first offense?If you have a 1st offense OUI, you can apply for hardship license within three business days. A hardship is not available if your case is still pending. In other words, you cannot get a hardship on the six-month refusal suspension while you are fighting the case. A hardship license is usually available to people who have been convicted of an OUI and have a suspension on their license. There is a time period in which an individual is eligible for a hardship license, and this varies depending on whether the person is being charged for their first, second, or third time. For example, when dealing with a first offense OUI, the motorist can generally apply for a hardship license three days after admission or conviction. This will change based on previous convictions.
What will I need to get a first offense hardship license at the RMV?There are certain requirements for getting a first offense hardship license. These include a letter of enrollment in the 24D Alcohol Education Program, a legitimate need for hardship (from your employer), or proof that you are self-employment. Hardship licenses may also be issued for education or medical purpose. No matter what the reason, you are required to provide documentation and proof. You are also responsible for giving proof that there is no form of reliable public transportation available to you that would suffice instead of getting the hardship license.
You must resolve the case in order to be eligible for a hardship license in MA.Many people forget that hardship licenses may only be issued once the case is resolved. If you took a breath test, you are eligible to get your license back in 30 days. This may be different if you did not take the breath test.