What is a hardship driver's license in Fort Lauderdale or South Florida?

A gavel sits on a desk in a Fort Lauderdale Court with a set of car keys and a glass of alcohol on the desk. The image is meant to depict a DUI charge in South Florida.A hardship driver’s license is a special driver’s license the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can grant you while your DUI charge has suspended your regular Florida driving license.


If you were arrested for a DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) in Florida your driver’s license will be suspended whether or not you’ve been convicted yet, and whether or not you’re guilty or innocent. 


A hardship driver’s license is a specific type of driver’s license that the Florida DMV can grant you that will allow you to drive for anything necessary. Necessary driving includes anything to maintain your life or livelihood - such as  driving to and from work, school, university, grocery shopping and any religious services. 


If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere in Florida, it is important to hire a DUI lawyer near you quickly. Hardship licenses are not guaranteed to everyone who gets a DUI and you only have 10 days after your Florida DUI arrest to try to fight for a hardship driver’s license.


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