DUI / OVWI and Your License to Drive

Being charged with a DUI / OVWI has an immediate impact on your driver’s license.  Unlike most crimes, you do not have to be convicted of DUI / OVWI for it to affect your license. When it comes to your driver’s license, merely being arrested for DUI / OVWI  is enough for the State of Indiana to begin punishing you.

In most situations the arrested person is pulled over and they agree to take the certified chemical test.  If that person’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08 or above then the court typically suspends that person’s driver’s license for a period up to 180 days or until the court notifies the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) that the case is resolved. Remember, that this driver’s license suspension goes into effect simply because the person was arrested – a conviction is not necessary.

Having your license suspended because you are accused of drunk driving is a serious, possibly life altering punishment.  Most people must be able to drive in order to maintain employment and not be a burden on their family.  Thankfully, Specialized Driving Privileges are available in Indiana.

A Specialized Driving License is generally available to individuals who did not refuse the certified chemical test.  While a Specialized Driving License is generally available if you meet specific requirements, there are numerous hoops to jump through and each judge generally has their own way of doing things.  It is important to speak to an experienced attorney immediately if you need a specialized driving licences.

If you have a prior conviction or convictions for DUI / OVWI your license situation can be much more problematic.  If you have prior DUI / OVWI convictions it is as important as ever to contact a DUI / OVWI Criminal Attorney who has experience dealing with DUI / OVWI criminal charges.  Hardly a week goes by where Attorney Marc Lopez does not get a phone call from someone who pled guilty to a DUI / OVWI charge and their license was suspended for 5 years or 10 years because the Indiana BMV determining that the person was a Habitual Traffic Violator.

Attorney Marc Lopez represents individuals accused of drunk driving and other criminal charges in the greater Indianapolis, Indiana area.  Call Attorney Marc Lopez today at (317) 489-9611 or contact him through e-mail.