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Can I Get a Hardship License After a DUI in California?

There are few things worse than getting a DUI. A DUI can impact a person’s life for a very long time. Not only will a DUI most likely result in jail time, high fines, and spiked insurance premiums, it will also most likely result in a months-or-years-long driver’s license suspension. Of course, a driver’s license suspension can cause serious difficulties in a person’s life, as they will find themselves unable to commute to work, see friends, and more. That being said, fortunately, for some people, they may be eligible to receive what is known as a hardship license. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Tehama County DUI lawyer to learn more about what a hardship license is, whether you will qualify, and how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the point of a hardship license?

While a driver’s license suspension prevents a person from driving altogether, a hardship license allows certain drivers to retain limited driving privileges. With a hardship license, you will most likely be allowed to commute to work, school, doctor’s appointments, and other select approved locations. Our firm understands just how important this can be to anyone who was convicted of a DUI, which is why we will make it our top priority to help you receive one.

Am I eligible to receive a hardship license after a DUI in California?

Depending on the circumstances of your DUI, you may or may not qualify. To qualify to receive this license, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You can pay the $125 reinstatement fee
  • You were arrested with a BAC of .08% while driving a non-commercial vehicle
  • This was your first DUI offense within the last 10 years
  • You received a Proof of Enrollment Certificate from the DMV after completing the DUI First Offender Program
  • You were over the age of 21 when you were arrested

If you believe you may qualify for a hardship license in California, the most important thing you can do is speak with an experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer as soon as you can. Give Cohen Criminal Law a call today so we can get started.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.