On January 1, 2015, the State of Rhode Island will join the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut in allowing motorists convicted of drunk driving to apply for a conditional hardship license during the period of license suspension. However, Rhode Island's conditional hardship licenses has a catch. A motorist will only be eligible for a conditional hardship license in certain cases and after the installation of an ignition interlock device. The conditional hardship license will be valid for twelve (12) hours a day.
Rhode Island's conditional hardship license will only be available for certain motorists convicted of certain types of drunk driving or Refusal cases. Not every motorist charged with a drunk driving offense or Refusal to submit to a chemical test offense will be eligible for a Rhode Island conditional hardship license. A Rhode Island conditional hardship license will only be granted by the sentencing judge or magistrate after a hearing during which the motorist's employment or evidence of a non-employment hardship is considered.
Motorists charged with a drunk driving offense or a Refusal to submit to a chemical test offense should be aware that the newly revised and newly enacted statutes will allow for and in many cases require the installation of an ignition interlock device in their motor vehicle. Previously, ignition interlock devices were only required in the most serious offenses.
The newly revised and enacted laws regarding motorists' eligibility for conditional hardship licenses and the requirements for the installation of an ignition interlock device are extremely complicated. As Rhode Island's DUI authority, Attorney Humphrey is well versed in the requirements necessary to achieve a Rhode Island conditional hardship license for his clients. Please contact Attorney Humphrey today to discuss if he will represent you in connection with your drunk driving or Refusal case.