Hardship Licenses & Ignition Interlock Devices

In March, Attorney Humphrey lectured for the Rhode Island Bar Association at both the Bar Association’s main office in Cranston and in Wakefield regarding hardship licenses and ignition interlock devices. The passage of the new drunk driving, refusal and hardship license statutes, which took effect as of January 1, 2015, is one of the most significant changes in Rhode Island’s DUI laws in the past two (2) decades. Hardship licenses may only be granted after the installation of an ignition interlock device. Hardship licenses are available only in certain cases and at the discretion of the Judge or Magistrate. The speakers at these two (2) Continuing Legal Education Seminars included Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., and a representative from the Department of Attorney General who are at the forefront of the changing prosecution and defense of DUI and Refusal cases and they were able to provide the audience with their unique insight into this evolving area of the law.

The presentation included a nuts and bolts analysis of when hardship licenses are available and the procedural steps which must be accomplished to obtain a hardship license and to have an ignition interlock device installed. Both seminars were well attended by seasoned trial lawyers and new attorneys interested in drunk driving defense.

If you have questions regarding a DUI or Refusal case and/or the ability to obtain a hardship license, please contact the Law Offices of Robert H. Humphrey at (401) 816-5862 or e-mail us at

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