If you’re facing license suspension you're not alone as many drivers have found themselves in this position, and if so, one potential solution is obtaining a hardship license. But what exactly is it and why would someone need a lawyer to help them apply for it?
Overview of the Hardship License in Illinois
A hardship license is available to drivers who need to drive for employment, medical, educational, or other household essential needs while they have a court-ordered suspension. The court requires applicants to prove that their license suspension will bring extreme hardship if not granted. Those wishing to apply must be aware that the process of qualification may complicated - applicants should strongly consider seeking the counsel of an experienced lawyer to maximize the chance of success.
Furthermore, definitions of “source of necessity” vary by clerk's office, so it is important to either determine which definition applies or contact an attorney specialized in hardship license laws. With the right counsel and documentation, those with suspension and revocations can obtain the driving privilege necessary for their livelihoods through a hardship license.
Who Qualifies and What Does It Allow You to Do
People who are eligible for a hardship license in Illinois must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license issued by the state. In addition, they must demonstrate an inability to obtain reasonable public transportation and the incapacity to fulfill the essential elements of their life, such as attending school, working, or caring for dependents.
A hardship license issued by the state will allow someone to drive solely to activities that involve their necessary obligations for individual maintenance and well-being. An attorney can help determine if someone qualifies and assist in applying with the state.
Benefits of Obtaining a Hardship License
Many people choose to obtain a hardship license when they have lost their driving privileges. This license allows individuals to accomplish necessary tasks such as getting to and from school, work, or medical appointments.
While the benefits of obtaining a hardship license are clear, it is important that you follow the law and qualify for this specialized license. Engaging an experienced attorney can help ensure your qualification and the proper paperwork filing so you can use this privilege for the most important functions of your day-to-day life.
What Steps Are Involved in Applying for a Hardship License
Applying for a hardship license can often be long and complex, so having a knowledgeable lawyer to guide you through the process is highly recommended. The application consists of several steps, beginning with submitting paperwork to the court as well as collecting certain documents. If approved, an appointment must be made with a hearing officer where applicants will receive an official ruling from the state and decide if their application is accepted or denied.
Should an applicant receive a consent suspension order at this stage, they will then need to pay any applicable fees and fines before receiving the actual license. Finally, applicants should review all the instructions on how to reinstate licenses before officially becoming eligible to drive again. All these steps demonstrate why it’s essential to have legal help when applying for a hardship license because mistakes along the way may cause delays and costly errors.
Role of a Lawyer in Applying for a Hardship License
When applying for a hardship license, having an experienced lawyer can make all the difference. Knowing the ins and outs of the system and utilizing their experience to navigate complex paperwork are just some of the things a knowledgeable attorney can do to not only help you apply for a hardship license but also secure your success in obtaining it.
Furthermore, they can aid in making sure that your application is accurate and complete by providing up-to-date information and filing instructions related to your circumstances. An attorney can also provide legal advice regarding any questions or issues you may have regarding applications, eligibility requirements, or the overall process involved in applying - ultimately reducing headaches and other potential pitfalls associated with applying for a hardship license.
Our Team Can Help
Obtaining a hardship license is an effective way for people with suspended driver's licenses to regain their driving privileges. It allows individuals to drive to work, school, and other essential places while the suspension is active. The application process is relatively simple, but it must be done correctly.
Many applicants choose to enlist the help of an attorney who specializes in traffic laws due to their knowledge and experience with the process. With the right preparation and support, almost anyone can file for a hardship license successfully.
For more information about hardship licenses and how our firm can help, contact Johnson Law Group.