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Effective January 1, 2015, Indiana imposed new suspended license laws for drivers who are seeking limited access to drive. Under IC 9-30-16, the prior "hardship" privilege and "probationary" privilege laws have been combined into what is now known as specialized driving privileges. Perhaps most exciting about these new laws is that Indiana lawmakers have expanded the eligibility for specialized privileges, which means that even more suspended drivers could recover their ability to drive.

As with all new laws, however, comes some confusion and uncertainty—and many interested in applying for specialized driving privileges are unsure what action to take to make themselves eligible. At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, we know how frustrating it can be to apply for these privileges, only to have your application rejected because of some oversight. That is why we are prepared to help our suspended license clients take the proper steps in the application process and make sure they stand the very best chance of getting back on the road.

If you have a suspended driver's license and would like to explore the possibility of receiving specialized driving privileges, then contact our firm today.

Obstacles to Eligibility

Not all suspended drivers are eligible to receive specialized driving privileges. While the new laws have expanded the criteria for eligible drivers, there are still some circumstances where drivers must simply wait for their suspension to expire.

An Indiana driver is NOT eligible for specialized driving privileges if:

  • They have never had a valid Indiana driver's license.
  • They have a commercial driver's license.
  • They have refused to submit to a chemical test.
  • They have been convicted of an offense that resulted in the death of a person while you operated a motor vehicle.
  • They have previously received specialized driving privileges and have more than one conviction for knowingly and intentionally harming someone while operating a motor vehicle.

All other reasons for your suspension—whether it is enforced by court or by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)—may still make a driver eligible for specialized driving privileges. These privileges, however, must be petitioned for in court and are completely up for a judge to determine. Assertive and thorough legal representation can help ensure that filing for these privileges goes as smoothly as possible and that the special privileges that are granted meet all of your transportation needs.

Contact our experienced Indianapolis driver's license lawyers today. Our team is ready to offer you a free case evaluation to help you determine what the best course of action should be for reinstating your driving privileges as soon as possible.

Start the process today. Contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP for a free case evaluation.

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