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Hardship Licenses: Exploring Limited Driving Privileges during Suspension in Mass

Hardship Licenses

What Is a Hardship License?

An individual accused of OUI or operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Massachusetts may be subject to license suspension. This could occur even before the person is convicted. A license suspension means you cannot drive, preventing you from getting to work, school, the doctor, or the grocery store. Sadly, many people do not realize they can seek a hardship license and maintain their driving privileges.

A hardship license is available under certain circumstances, but applying for what is also known as the “Cinderella license” in Massachusetts is not easy. For help understanding your options when facing license suspension for any reason, please get in touch with our skilled hardship license lawyer today. Attorney Brian Simoneau has helped countless clients maintain the ability to drive so they can provide for themselves and their families. Call today to schedule an appointment with our caring legal team at 508-625-5776.

License Suspension

Massachusetts citizens could face license suspension for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes of having a license suspended is being arrested for DUI or OUI. Others could have their driving privileges suspended because of receiving too many traffic citations in a short period of time. Failing to pay for traffic tickets could also result in suspension, causing someone to seek a hardship license.

Who Qualifies for a Hardship License?

Not everyone qualifies for a hardship license in the Bay State. According to Massachusetts law, you will be charged a fee of up to $1,200 and may be required to attend hearings at the RMV when seeking a hardship license. You will also need to provide evidence that shows you are a safe driver and deserve a hardship license. Hiring an attorney can help ensure your case has the best chance of success.

Additional Restrictions with a Hardship License

Obtaining a hardship license does not mean you can drive without restraints. You will be limited to a twelve-hour period each day in which you can drive. This is generally enough for most people to commute to and from work and school. You could lose your license or even be arrested if you violate these restrictions.

How Do I Apply for a Hardship License?

Applying for a hardship license can be complicated; if you fail to prove your case, you could lose your ability to drive. Hiring an attorney like Brian Simoneau is one of the best ways to improve your chances of success when seeking a license in a hardship situation.


You must first be sure that you meet the criteria for a hardship license. For example, if you were arrested for a single OUI and have completed the required initial three months of suspension, you may be able to pursue a hardship license. You should also be able to show that you do not have any other transportation methods available and that having your driving privileges suspended would cause great suffering for you and your family.

Hire a Lawyer

With a knowledgeable lawyer on your side, you can better understand your options and make the right decision about seeking a hardship license. Your lawyer will be able to evaluate your situation and give you the legal counsel you need. They can also help gather evidence to give your case a better chance of being approved by the RMV.

Should You Hire Our Hardship License Lawyer?

At The Law Office of Brian Simoneau, P.C., we work exclusively with clients facing issues because they have lost their driving privileges. We understand how terrifying and frustrating it can be to lose your ability to drive because of a license suspension. We also know how to help you regain your license so you can get back to work and school and enjoy your life.

Let us help you get back on the road legally and safely. Reach out to our law firm right away to schedule a consultation and discuss your unique situation with our caring, capable legal team. You can reach us at 508-625-5776 to schedule your initial appointment today.

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