When You Need a Hardship License aka Cinderella License

A Massachusetts Hardship License, also known as a Cinderella License, is a 12-hour license granted to individuals who meet certain criteria. Eligibility for a hardship license depends on several factors, including the circumstances under which you got your suspension, and the length of your suspension. The law office of James G. DeGiacomo, can help you get a hardship license as quickly, and as efficiently, as possible.

24D Disposition and a hardship license?

For a First Offense OUI with a 24D disposition (sometimes just simply known as probation), a hardship license is available upon enrollment into the DUI Alcohol Education Program. Working with the law office of James G. DeGiacomo, will help you to get this temporary solution within a few days of enrollment into the DUI Alcohol Education Program.

What if you don’t have a 24D disposition?

If you do not receive a 24D disposition, and have been convicted of driving under the influence of any substance, you will not be able to receive a hardship license until after 90 days have passed.

If your license is suspended for two years for a Second Offense DUI, you will only be eligible for a temporary license after you’ve completed one year of that suspension. During that year, you will also have to complete the 14-day in-patient program along with the prescribed aftercare. You must submit proof of this completion to the courts, or your request for a temporary license will not be granted. If your license is suspended for eight years following a Third Offense DUI, you must complete two years of the suspension before you will be eligible for a temporary license. On a 10-year license suspension following a Fourth Offense DUI, a term of 5 years must be completed before you will be eligible for a temporary license. In either case, you must provide proof of completion of the in-patient program and compliance with the after-care treatment.

Sometimes, too, your license can be suspended without you being convicted of a DUI-related offense: if your license has been suspended as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), you also may be eligible to get a temporary license to help you out. However, the process for obtaining a such a license under these circumstances is different than the process of obtaining a temporary license after you’ve been convicted of a DUI-related offense. If this has happened to you, the law office of James G. DeGiacomo, can help you as well.

Regardless of the circumstances, you must provide documented proof – via a letter from your employer or your school – demonstrating your need for a temporary license to alleviate your hardship.

We understand that the process of getting a temporary license can be a difficult, long-winded one, and you shouldn’t go through it alone. For more information on how James G. DeGiacomo, can help you obtain your Massachusetts hardship license, contact us today.