Can I get a hardship/cinderella/work license in MA if I’ve been charged with OUI?

October 24, 2018


One of the most common questions we get from Massachusetts residents who have been arrested for OUI is:

Can I get a hardship license?

If you have been arrested, but not convicted or sentenced and you criminal case is still open, you are not eligible for a hardship during the time of your suspension. A person with a pending OUI in Massachusetts typically has his license suspended for one of two reasons:

  1. Either he refused the breath test and his license was suspended for 180 days as a result of the refusal, or
  2. he blew over a .08 in to the breath test and his license was suspended for 30 days as a result of the blow.

During that period of time, while your criminal case is pending, there is no opportunity for a hardship/cinderella license.

The refusal suspension of 180 days is non-negotiable and there is no way to obtain any type of driving privilege during that period of time.

When a person blows over a .08 and the 30-day suspension begins, the only way to get your driving privilege reinstated during that 30-day window is by pleading guilty in court and signing up for the 24D course thereafter. Once you’re signed up for the course, you are eligible to obtain a hardship license from the RMV. However, without a plea to your criminal case, the 30-day suspension stands.

This can all be found under M.G.L. Chapter 90 section 24 (1)(c).

If you have been recently arrested for a OUI in MA, get the right information from the right attorney. Call Bowser Law at: (888) 526-9737.

What is the Bowser Law Difference?

Mike Bowser has unique experience and knowledge which he uses to protect his clients.

  • Mike Bowser is the only Board Certified DUI Defense Specialist who practices in MA, NH & ME. This means he had to pass rigorous examinations and interviews about his knowledge of DUI law to become certified.
  • Because he practices in all three states, Mike Bowser knows how to handle the complications that arise when you are charged as an out of state driver.
  • Clients who have hired Mike Bowser LOVE him! Take one look at his reviews and you will see why Mike Bowser is The Most Reviewed 5 Star DUI Defense Lawyer Practicing in MA, NH & ME!
  • He uses his deep understanding of forensic science to pick apart the evidence against you and looks for errors that he can challenge. He then carefully prepares your case with the goal of highlighting these issues and putting you in the best possible position.
  • He is a ruthless cross-examiner who is at home in the courtroom. Judges, prosecutors, and police officers often praise his professionalism and knowledge.

If you are facing a DUI charge, don’t delay. Call now to setup your
free, detailed consultation at

(888) 526-9737

25 years of Proven Results.

(888) 526-9737