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By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

November 15, 2019

For many teenagers, driver’s licenses represent the freedom to travel anywhere you want to go. Sadly, adults don’t remember the freedom driver’s licenses bring until that freedom is taken away by driving under the influence (DUI) convictions. However, there is hope for DUI convicts who lost their driver’s licenses thanks to Florida hardship licenses.

Florida Hardship Licenses for DUI Convicts

If someone is convicted of a DUI in Florida, he or she may be eligible for a hardship license depending on the circumstances of the case. A hardship license lets someone use a driver’s license for business or employment purposes only. Therefore, a hardship license grants the owner some freedom, but nowhere near what a regular driver’s license provides; however, some freedom is better than no freedom!

Obtaining a Hardship License

The circumstances required to obtain a hardship license depend on the details of the DUI conviction. For example, if a judge finds someone guilty of a second DUI conviction within five years of a first DUI conviction, the convicted may have to wait a year to apply for a hardship license.

Someone applying for a hardship license may have to:

  • Complete DUI school;
  • Apply to a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) hearing;
  • Obtain an ignition interlock device (IID);
  • Enroll in a DUI supervision program;
  • Stay dry (no alcohol) for a year before a reinstatement.

Do You Need Help Applying for a Hardship License?

If you or a loved one has lost a driver’s license as a result of a DUI, you may have the right to pursue a hardship license. If you choose to pursue a hardship license, it may be in your best interest to talk to an experienced hardship license attorney about your case.

Call (305) 330-1360 now for an immediate case evaluationfor your case.