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Hardship Licenses in Florida

Obtaining a Restricted License After Suspension

When a driver is arrested for DUI and stands accused of failing or refusing a breath / blood test to determine his or her blood alcohol concentration, he or she may face driver's license suspension. The length of the suspension will vary depending on the nature of the offense itself as well as whether this is the first, second or subsequent offense. In some cases, the driver may be able to apply for a hardship license, which will allow the individual to drive in spite of the fact that his or her license has been suspended. A hardship license, or restricted license, is a provisional driver's license that will allow the individual to drive, but only for limited purposes. This usually includes to and from school and work, for employment-related purposes and to run necessary errands.

Qualifications to Receive a Hardship License

A driver does not automatically have the right to a hardship license after an arrest or conviction. He or she must qualify. In some cases, a certain amount of time must pass before the driver is eligible to apply.

The following is a breakdown of qualifications that must be met to receive a hardship license:

  • After a second DUI conviction within five years of the previous conviction, a driver may face license revocation for five years. He or she may apply for a hardship license after a year has passed.
  • After a third DUI conviction within ten years of the second conviction, a driver may face license revocation for at least ten years. The driver may apply for a hardship license after two years.
  • After a conviction for DUI manslaughter, a driver may face permanent license revocation but may be eligible for a hardship license after five years have passed.
  • After a fourth DUI conviction at any time, a driver will face permanent license revocation with no ability to apply for a hardship license at any time.

Losing your license can have a dramatic impact on various areas of your life, affecting employment, your ability to get to school and even putting a strain on personal relationships. You may have to rely on friends and family members or public transportation to get to the places you need to go, and this can also be costly. A hardship license will enable you to drive. Though you can only drive in limited circumstances, it can make life much easier.

Find out more about hardship licenses and your ability to apply – contact a Tampa DUI attorney at our law office for a free initial consultation.

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