The State of Rhode Island, like its neighbors Massachusetts and Connecticut, allows motorists to have a conditional hardship license. This is a license that allows a motorist to drive even when their license is suspended. The license is valid for up to twelve (12) hours per day and it allows a motorist to drive to and from work, schooling, medical appointments, and any other court-approved hardship.
However, the conditional hardship license does require a motorist to have an ignition interlock device installed in their motor vehicle. An ignition interlock device is similar to a breathalyzer and requires the motorist to blow into the device before the vehicle can be started. If the device detects alcohol on the breath of the motorist, the vehicle will not start.
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Conditional hardship licenses are granted by judges and magistrates after a hearing during which the motorist must present evidence of the hardship they would suffer if they could not drive. In addition, the motorist must provide documentation of their hardship and a certificate of installation of the ignition interlock device. If the conditional hardship license is granted, the motorist must then go to the Division of Motor Vehicles to receive their new hardship license. The motorist’s license is remains suspended for any non-hardship approved driving.
A conditional hardship license is only available for certain motorists charged or convicted of specific types of DUI or Refusal offenses. 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.
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.
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