Massachusetts Hardship License
A hardship license can allow you to drive for set 12-hour periods, as often as 7 days a week. In order to be granted a hardship license, you will need to provide adequate documentation that you would suffer a considerable “hardship” without use of your license. Hardships are only granted to Massachusetts license holders. In order to apply for a hardship license, you must attend a hearing at a RMV Hearings Site. Registry hearings are held on a walk-basis from 9:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday (except holidays) at the following Registry locations: Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Springfield, and Worcester. Depending on the nature of your offense, most motorists will be eligible at varying times for a hardship license.
In standard cases, if convicted of a First Offense OUI, or continuance without a finding, a motorist can apply three days after conviction for a hardship license. The Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles will consider individuals for hardship licenses in cases where the records indicate that a first offense disposition pursuant to G.L. c. 90 § 24D was legally appropriate. Bentley Law Group can assure you have proper documentation required in order for you to be granted a hardship license. Please note, hardship licenses are not available if you have additional issues affecting your license or right to operate, other than a chemical test refusal or failure attached to this first OUI offense.
A hardship license can also be obtained after a conviction of a Second Offense OUI. Eligibility for a second offense OUI begins after one year of the two-year license loss for a Massachusetts OUI Second Offense. However, if your second offense OUI occurs 10 or more years after the first OUI offense, you are eligible for the “second chance first-offender” 24(D) Alternative Disposition program. This program allows an individual who has a prior OUI offense, to be given a “second chance,” and be treated as if s/he is a first time OUI offender. Under this deal, the second time offender could avoid the 14 day in-patient treatment program and the two year license suspension typical in second offender license suspensions.
Attorney Bentley is a Massachusetts criminal lawyer handling Registry of Motor Vehicles appeals, license matters and suspension issues, and can represent you at the Registry of Motor Vehicles or Board of Appeals. Attorney Bentley will assist you in gathering and preparing the necessary paperwork, and then represent you at the RMV hardship hearing.