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OUI Work / Hardship License

Massachusetts Work or Hardship license

In this video, Attorney DelSignore explains how to get a hardship license on a 2nd offense OUI.

A hardship, work license or Cinderella license is generally available as a result of a suspension for OUI. The time period after which a motorist will be eligible for a hardship license vary depending on whether the offense is a First, Second, Third or Fourth offense OUI.

After a First Offense OUI, conviction or admission to sufficient facts, a motorist can apply for a hardship within three business days if the court imposes the standard First offender dispositions, requiring the motorist to complete the 24D program and imposing a 45 day loss of license. The motorist must present proof of the need for hardship to a hearings officer at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. In most cases, even after a guilty finding after trial, the motorist will obtain basically the same disposition and will be eligible for a hardship license.

A hardship license can also be obtained after a conviction of a Second Offense OUI. Eligibility for a second offense OUI begins after one year of the two year license loss for a Massachusetts OUI Second offense, unless you are eligible for a hardship under the case of Commonwealth v. Cahill, 442 Mass. 127 (2004) a second change first offender hardship.

Read some of our case results from the Board of Appeals where clients were granted a hardship license:

Hardship license granted for client after being charged with OUI

In this case, our client was facing a charge of OUI and negligent operation of a motor vehicle after an on-duty police officer observed the client going the wrong way in a rotary. After trial, the client was found not guilty on the OUI charge, but received a 60-day license loss after being found guilty on the negligent operation charge. The RMV then denied the clients original request for a hardship. The Board granted the client a hardship license until he can have his full license reinstated.

Hardship license granted for client charged with his second OUI drugs offense

In this case, our client had two-prior OUI drugs convictions and had his license suspended consequently. After trying to get a hardship license at the RMV, they denied his request. The Board ultimately granted the client a hardship.


Under the case of Commonwealth v. Cahill, a motorist who is charged with a Second Offense OUI, but has a prior OUI conviction that is over 10 years old, may be eligible to avoid a two year license loss if the court treats the second offense as a first offense and imposes the first offense disposition under 24D. The motorist will have to have the ignition interlock device installed, but will avoid incurring a minimum one year license loss and will instead be immediately eligible for a hardship license, with the interlock requirement.

Attorney DelSignore is an experienced Massachusetts criminal lawyer that handles, Registry of Motor Vehicles appeals, license matters and suspension issues and can represent you at the Registry of Motor Vehicles or Board of Appeals. Attorney DelSignore will assist you in obtaining a hardship or work license and getting your driving privileges restored.

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Michael was very professional and explained the process clearly and told us to be patient. After one year the charges got dismissed in the trial. Excellent knowledge of the court systems in the area of Boston. Would highly recommend him Ashwani
A careless decision on my part left me facing charges which would have severely hampered my ability to stay employed and support myself. But attorney DelSignore's skillful analysis and challenging of the evidence against me resulted in a conviction on a lesser charge. Now I'll be able to go on with my life, having learned a lesson I'll never forget. Thank you, Michael. Scott
Mike stuck with my case for 3.5 years and always kept me informed regarding the status. Ultimately, because of his due diligence, we ended up with an OUI not guilty verdict. This case could have gone many ways but his thorough review of the case and exceptional preparedness for trial ultimately drove a positive outcome. Thank you Mike! David
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