Sprawling metropolitan areas and hundreds of tourist attractions make South Florida one of the most congested localities in the country. When we think of densely-populated cities, we tend to think of places with effective public transportation like New York City and Washington DC. The Greater Miami area — which includes Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties — is not one of these places. With the majority of residents relying on personal vehicles to commute, it’s ranked 41st in public transportation use.
The limited infrastructure available for public transportation sits underutilized, which may be a reason why South Florida has some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. Millions of residents and visitors rely heavily on driving to get where they need to go. So, what is a person with a suspended driver’s license to do?
Getting a Hardship License to Get Around West Palm Beach
The Florida DMV routinely suspends driver’s licenses. Whether you were convicted of a DUI or reckless driving, or you failed to pay child support, you’re at risk of losing your valid Florida driver’s license. Fortunately, there may be a way around your suspension.
Many drivers who have had their licenses suspended find that they can continue to drive legally while their licenses are suspended by applying for a hardship license. A hardship license permits people to drive to and from important places like school and work without risking a criminal offense.
Hardship licenses help people maintain their most basic livelihoods during a license suspension. Without a hardship license, many people could significantly struggle to maintain a job, complete a college course, seek medical care, and more. Could you be eligible for a hardship license?
Business Purpose Only Hardship License
The hardship license you may receive for business purposes only is known as the “business purpose only” hardship license. Under Florida law, this type of license is intended to help you preserve your livelihood. This license allows you to drive to and from a limited pool of destinations, such as:
- On-the-job driving (if applicable)
- Medical appointments
- Religious services
Driving with a hardship license to and from a destination that is not permitted may lead to a criminal charge. More details about a business purpose only hardship license may be found in Florida Statute Section 322.71.
Apply for a Florida Hardship License Today
If you would like to apply for a hardship license, it’s important to work with a license suspension attorney in West Palm Beach for the best chance at receiving a favorable outcome. An attorney like Brian P. Gabriel of The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel can review your traffic charges and traffic record to gauge your likelihood of being approved for a business purpose only license. He may also help you resolve traffic violations to clear up your record and fight your suspension.
Having served the Palm Beach Community with effective criminal defense methods for more than 30 years, Mr. Gabriel can defend your driving privileges in court. He has been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers and is passionate about providing close, personal attention to each and every case. Call 561-622-5575 for a free consultation or complete our online contact form.