Your Indiana driver’s license can become suspended for a variety of reasons, including conviction for a crime (DUI, OVWI, OVWI, drunk driving, etc…), having too many tickets, failing to maintain insurance, driving on a suspended license, being a habitual traffic violator, or even falling behind on child support.  Your license can also be suspended for refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test.   

Historically, in Indiana, obtaining a hardship license was somewhat difficult and even if a hardship license was obtained, the driving was limited exclusively to work (and did not include court dates, school, doctor’s appointments, child care, etc…)  Recently, Indiana lawmakers created specialized driving privileges.  In most cases, a specialized driving permit is relatively easy to obtain and permits driving to a variety of locations.

You can not obtain a specialized driving permit for a CDL.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

If your license is suspended for refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test, you generally can not obtain a specialized driving permit.  However, there are exceptions to this rule.

Your ability to obtain specialized driving privileges will be affected by a number of facts, including your criminal record and the facts of your case.  However, for the vast majority of cases that I handle, we are able to obtain specialized driving privileges.

If you have questions about your license suspension or are in need of specialized driving privileges, please call me for a free consultation.  I have personally handled thousands of cases, teach criminal law at the IU School of Law, and have practiced criminal defense law my entire career.  Additional information about my office is available on the home page and the in the news page.


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