If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Mississippi and lost your license, you may be eligible for a hardship license. A hardship license grants you the special privilege of driving under pressing circumstances, such as to work, school or medical treatment. Mississippi only grants the opportunity to apply for a hardship license to first-time offenders who did not refuse the breathalyzer test at the time they were pulled over and arrested for D.U.I.
Gather evidence which proves that the suspension of your license would put you in a position of hardship: for example, documentation from your employer that you are in jeopardy of losing your job, documentation showing you are scheduled to undergo medical treatment for a life-threatening illness or evidence that you will be unable to attend school due to the loss of your license.
Pay a filing fee to the circuit court. This filing fee is required in order for you to present your case. According to DMV.org, as of December 2010, the filing fee is $150, but may be subject to change.
Attend your hearing in the circuit court in the county where you were arrested. You can only petition for a hardship license 30 days after your license was originally suspended for a first offense.
Present your case to the judge, providing specific documented evidence about how the loss of your license will lead to hardship. The judge will review your case and make a decision based on provided evidence.
A criminal defense lawyer is not required, but may be able to put together and present your case to the circuit court on your behalf.
Things You'll Need
Documentation of potential hardship