Bayonne, NJ asked in DUI / DWI for Texas

Q: I have nj license and was convicted of DUI in FL. I just moved to TX. Can I get a hardship license here while its susp?

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Phillip Wayne Goff
Phillip Wayne Goff
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A: You may apply for a "occupational license", otherwise known as an "essential needs" license. "Hardship license" is a term used for a different situation entirely.

You are not entitled to an occupational license; the judge has discretion to grant the license or deny it. Most of the time, it is routinely granted, unless some aggravating circumstances are involved.

License suspensions will follow you from state to state through the interstate compact, which shares information among licensing agencies. Although you don't have a FL license, the DUI conviction will lead to a suspension of your "license", which is usually defined as including the right to even apply for a license. As a result, the FL conviction would go against your NJ license and be considered in your application for a license in Texas.

When you are in Texas, you might attempt to apply for a license, but it will be denied during your suspension.

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