In Indiana, it is possible that your
driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted of an
OWI charge. You may be eligible for a hardship license, which is a limited
driver’s license that can allow you to drive only for specific reasons.
These reasons may include work, school, to religious services, or other
similar purposes. You will need to apply for a hardship license through
the court, but there may be other steps you need to take.
OWI Driver’s License Suspensions
Your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of reasons related
to an OWI charge, including:
Refusing a chemical test: Up to 2 years of administrative suspension by the BMV.
Failing a chemical test: Up to 180 days of administrative suspension by the BMV.
OWI Conviction: Your suspension period will be determined by your ages, the number of
prior offenses, and your BAC. This suspension is made by the court.
Apply to the Court
If your driver’s license was suspended by the court due to an OWI
conviction, you will need to petition that court for a hardship license.
If your license was suspended by the BMV, then you may file your petition
with any courthouse in the county. The court will be responsible for deciding
the terms of your hardship license, such as the length of time it is valid
and other limitations. The court will notify the BMV of your hardship
license and terms with a Form SR17.
If the court approves your petition for a hardship license, you will need
to pay the fees to reinstate your driver’s license. The specific
fee for your driver’s license reinstatement will be listed on your
suspension paperwork. You can pay the fee online on the
BMV website or by mail.
If you are arrested for an OWI, your driving privileges may be at risk.
Our Fort Wayne
OWI attorneys are ready to help you protect your driver’s license and
fight for your rights. At
Arnold Terrill, P.C., we have more than 50 years of collective legal experience to draw from,
and we will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are respected.
Contact our team today to learn how we can help you. Schedule a
free initial phone consultation by calling (888) 912-7220.