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How Many Points Until My License is Suspended in Indiana?

Protecting Your Specialized Driving Privileges in Indiana

Under Indiana law, you can face harsh consequences for traffic violations and/or a DUI / OWI conviction. A suspension results in your driving privileges being taken away for a certain period of time. Once a suspension expires, you will be able to get your license back. A revocation, on the other hand, means that your license has been canceled. You may need an attorney to fight for you to ensure that your driving privileges are not permanently taken away.

Indiana law is based on a point system for each conviction of a traffic violation. If you have enough traffic violations, points can be added against your license. The severity of the violation will determine the number of points you receive, usually ranging from 2 to 8 points. These points will remain on your driving record for a 2-year period.

After reaching a total of 18 points within a period of 2 years, Indiana traffic laws require a hearing at the BMV, resulting in probation for a period of time or license suspension for between 30 days to 1 year.

Contact Heifner Law Inc. for a free consultation with our Anderson driver's license suspension lawyer today; call (765) 200-6328 to get started.

Specialized Driving Privileges

In the State of Indiana, courts have the power to suspend your driver’s license for certain reasons. In fact, state law requires suspension under certain circumstances. With that said, there is a state law that allows “specialized driving privileges” (SDP).

You can request the court for specialized driving privileges to allow you to drive, even while your license is suspended. For example, you can ask the court for specialized driving privileges to be able to drive to work, doctor appointments, or for other unique circumstances.

While SDP is not guaranteed in Indiana, the courts do review SDP requests on a case-by-case basis. This means that you may need an attorney to navigate this complex process to ensure your driving privileges are not completely stripped away. Attorney K. Aaron Heifner focuses on securing SDP for his clients and can work hard to secure it for you.

For more information on Specialized Driving Privileges in Indiana, click here to review the official Indiana process and procedures.

How to Request Specialized Driving Privileges

You are eligible for SDP if you held an Indiana operator or public passenger/chauffeur’s license at the time of your initial violation or offense that lead to your license being suspended.

You are not eligible for SDP if you have never held a valid Indiana driver’s license, have a conviction for a driving offense that resulted in a person’s death, or if you have been granted SDP in the past and have more than one conviction as a result of violating SDP conditions.

How Long Do Specialized Driving Privileges Last?

If the court grants your petition for SDP, your privileges will last for a minimum of 180 days. However, you can petition the court for a longer time period, depending on the circumstances. If your suspension happens to expire during your SDP period, you will be required to obey the SDP requirements until the SDP period expires.

What Are the SDP Requirements?

Courts grant SDP on a case-by-case basis, meaning that your SDP requirements may differ, depending on the particular circumstances of your case.

However, common SDP requirements include:

  • Restricting vehicle use to a specific location and between certain hours
  • Requiring you to follow all traffic laws
  • Requiring you to use an ignition interlock device that prevents your vehicle from being stated by anyone under the influence of alcohol

Consequences of Violating SDP Requirements

If you are found to knowingly or intentionally violate any condition of your SDP, you may face a Class C misdemeanor. If you found to have violated the conditions of your SDP, the court may modify or revoke your SDP and may order the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to re-suspend your driver’s license.

Let Our Legal Team Guide You

If you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked, you are likely concerned with how you will be able to get to work, school, or simply around town. Our Anderson driver's license attorney can help you examine all of your available options and work to protect your driving privileges. We offer personalized guidance and aggressive advocacy for all of our clients.

Reach out to Heifner Law Inc. today for a free, confidential consultation. Call (765) 200-6328 or submit an online contact form to get started.


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