A hardship license is also known as a Cinderella license. It received the nick name of Cinderella license because the hardship license usually has time restraints. Hence, the DUI offender who uses the hardship license would need to be home at a certain time. Hardship licenses are also available for other reasons that are not DUI related. Unfortunately, a hardship license cannot be obtained while your DUI case is pending.
If the DUI offender’s license is suspended for refusing to take a breathalyzer, the DUI offender cannot get a hardship license during the pendency of the DUI case. For a first offense DUI, the DUI offender may be eligible for a hardship license within 3 business days after the DUI plea is accepted by the court. The DUI offender must also be enrolled in the DUI First Offender Driver Education Course Program and show documentation to that effect.
For a second offense DUI, the DUI offender may be eligible for a hardship license, but it is much more complicated. The DUI offender may be eligible for a hardship license after 1 year with the ignition interlock device. (http://www.mass.gov/rmv/melanie/index.htm)
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