Unlike most crimes, you do not have to be convicted of O.V.W.I / D.U.I to be punished. When it comes to your driver’s license, merely being arrested for O.V.W.I / D.U.I 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 (B.A.C) 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 (B.M.V) 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, a hardship license is available in Indiana.

A hardship license is available to individuals who have no prior O.V.W.Is / D.U.Is and who did not refuse the certified chemical test.  While a hardship license is available if you meet specific requirements, there are numerous hoops to jump through, including filing a civil case, insurance issues to be addressed and alcohol evaluation of the arrested person.  It is important to speak to an experienced attorney immediately if a hardship license is something you need.

If you have a prior conviction or convictions for OVWI / DUI your license situation can be much more problematic.  If you have prior OVWI / DUI convictions it is as important as ever to contact an Attorney who has experience dealing with OVWI / DUI convictions.

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.