If you have recently been charged with a DUI in the state of New York, you may be able to obtain a hardship license. To learn more about this process and if you qualify for a hardship license, continue reading. If you have any further questions regarding your DUI charges, give our experienced criminal defense attorney a call today. We would be happy to walk you through the legal process ahead.
What is a hardship license?
Hardship licenses are granted to drivers who have had their license revoked or suspended due to a drug or alcohol-related offense. A hardship license will be granted by the court where drivers must qualify for the license. There will likely be restrictions placed on the license.
Who qualifies for hardship licenses?
To learn if you qualify for a hardship license, you will first be required to attend a hearing before the court. In this hearing, you can expect a judge to determine if the suspension of your license has resulted in an “extreme hardship.” For example, a judge may determine extreme hardship when an individual cannot find alternative transportation to and from work or school. Another example of extreme hardship is when an individual is not able to attend necessary medical treatment for themselves or someone in their household due to lack of transportation.
This hearing must be held within three business days of your arraignment. This is why it is essential that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you are charged with a DUI in New York. Your attorney will ensure you begin court preparations as soon as possible.
What documents do I need?
To prove extreme hardship in front of the court, you will be required to provide various personal documents to support your extreme hardship claim. Our experienced criminal firm recommends that you provide the following documentation to the court to support your extreme hardship claim:
- Proof of the cost for a taxi, train, bus, etc., from home to work, school, or doctor
- Proof of medical appointments
- Proof of employment,
- Example: a recent paystub
- Proof of your address
- Example: a utility bill
- Proof of school
To learn more about the process of obtaining a hardship license and proving extreme hardship in front of the court, give our firm a call.
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Criminal matters can change the course of your life forever. This is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your charges to help mitigate their long-term effects. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you.