There are many different reasons why your driver’s license could be suspended in Indiana, including OWI/DUI convictions, too many driving violations, not having insurance, not paying a ticket, or even unpaid child support. Suddenly losing your driver’s license can be a major disruption in your life, as you will need to figure out how to get to work, school, or other important obligations. Many people might even lose their job if it requires them to have a driver’s license, or if they cannot find a way to get to work on time.
When your license is suspended, it might be tempting to continue driving and simply hope that you do not get caught. This is never a good idea, as driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense, and you can face up to one year in jail and $5,000 in fines if you are pulled over. Instead, learn about the possibility of specialized driving privileges under Indiana law.
Most people with suspended licenses can qualify for specialized privileges, except the following:
In addition, commercial drivers might be able to obtain a hardship license for their own purposes, but they cannot use it to drive commercial vehicles.
A hardship license allows you to drive for specified purposes, such as:
Some people can apply for specialized driving privileges through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), though others must petition the court for a hardship license. For example, if the court ordered a license suspension due to a criminal conviction, you will need to request a special license from that court.
The law firm of Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock, P.C., helps clients who have had their driver’s license suspended in Indiana. We can assess your eligibility for specialized privileges, and help you complete the application process in the proper manner.