After losing your license due to a criminal conviction, you might wonder how you will be able to support your family and make ends meet. You probably rely on your car to get to and from work. You might also need your vehicle to get to necessary medical visits or school.
Our highly experienced and knowledgeable traffic attorneys might be able to offer some legal relief. A West Palm Beach restricted license lawyer could determine if you qualify for limited driving privileges.
How Does a Restricted License Work in West Palm Beach?
A restricted license does not give a person back all of their driving privileges. Instead, a hardship license would grant a person with a suspended license the ability to use their car under limited circumstances, specifying when that person is allowed to drive. A restricted license helps people who would face some sort of hardship if they were unable to drive and would otherwise be unable to get to the places they desperately need to go.
People with suspended licenses can apply for a hardship license for work or business purposes. If they obtain a license that allows them to drive for work purposes, they can only drive to and from their job or as part of their job. If their hardship license is for business purposes, they can drive to accomplish certain essential activities or necessities, such as to and from their work, school, doctor, or church.
Our West Palm Beach attorneys understand how difficult it can be to try to get around without a car, and we could work hard to help a motorist get back behind the wheel by determining eligibility and applying for a restricted license.
How to Obtain a Restricted License
Frequently, people who lose their license because they drove while under the influence seek to reinstate their licenses. First-time drunk driving offenders need to attend and complete a Florida Safety Counsel DUI course before seeking a hardship license. People with more than one DUI conviction are not usually eligible for a restricted license, except in very limited situations. Those convicted of other charges relating to the DUI, such as manslaughter or serious bodily harm, are also not usually eligible to obtain a restricted license. Other types of administrative suspensions often allow for a hardship or restricted license in many situations.
After completing the DUI course, a motorist would need to seek a formal hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. At the hearing, the DMV would examine the motorist’s case to see if they qualify for a hardship license and what kind of restrictions would be appropriate in this particular situation. The motorist would then need to pay the applicable fees and obtain their restricted license from their local DMV office.
Our lawyers in West Palm Beach could help motorists obtain hardship licenses. There is often a great deal of detailed paperwork that needs to be filed accurately. Our team could gather, prepare, and obtain the necessary documents to make the process go as smoothly as possible. They could also help present a case for hardship to the DMV.
Get in Touch with a West Palm Beach Restricted License Attorney
Being able to drive is frequently a requirement of most jobs. If you lost your license, you might be struggling with how to get to work. A West Palm Beach restricted license lawyer might be able to get you a temporary hardship license to get you through this challenging time. Talk with a member of our team today.