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Can I Get a Hardship License After a DWI in New Jersey?

DWI charges are taken extremely seriously in New Jersey and they can carry some heavy consequences. One of the consequences you may face for a DWI includes the loss of your license. Read on to learn more about DWI charges in New Jersey and what to do if you have lost your license.

Why Would My License be Taken Away?

Traffic violations come with certain consequences as a result of breaking the law. The exact consequences can vary depending on the offense. Some offenses, as well as several repeat offenses, can result in the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. If you are charged with a DWI, you will lose your license. The amount of time your license will be suspended depends on various factors, including your BAC and prior offenses.  Losing driving privileges can impact a person’s life in a variety of ways, as it can impede their ability to get to work, drive their children, etc. But, this consequence has been implemented to reduce the risk of repeat offenses.

What is a Hardship License?

In some states, a person may be eligible to receive a special kind of license if theirs is suspended after a DWI. This is referred to as a hardship license. With this license, individuals who have their driving privileges suspended are allowed to drive under certain circumstances, such as going to work. It is important to note that this is not a substitute for a license. 

Can I Get a Hardship License in New Jersey?

It is important to be aware that the state of New Jersey does not offer this license to individuals who are facing license suspension or revocation.

What if I Drive With a Suspended License?

Those who have lost their licenses due to DWI charges are prohibited from driving until their license is reinstated. If they are found violating the law by operating a vehicle anyway, they can face an entirely different set of consequences, including possibly have their license revoked entirely and even jail time. 

If you are facing DWI charges in New Jersey, contact our firm to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our firm will explore all potential avenues of defense and work to reduce your charges.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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