An arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol may be something you never imagined could happen to you. It is a frightening experience.
However, the worst part of the entire process may be the automatic suspension of your driver’s license. Is there a way to regain your driving privileges?
Six months of suspension
If the DUI charge is your first offense, you will lose your driver’s license for 180 days. The suspension will be longer for a second offense. How will you get around? No doubt you have numerous responsibilities. You need to drive back and forth to your job, take your child to school or attend your own college classes. Six months without a driver’s license is not going to work.
Under Indiana law, you can apply for specialized driving privileges if your license suspension was an administrative action rather than a court order. Approval begins with a petition, which your defense attorney can prepare. Among other information, it must state your address, age and date of birth as well as the kind of relief you seek and the grounds for that relief. If you are an Indiana resident, you must file the petition in the county where you reside. Along with granting specialized driving privileges, the court will likely lift its suspension of your vehicle registration.
Getting your life back
So many issues develop from a DUI conviction. You must pay fines and face other penalties, and the DUI mark on your record will follow you for years. Your insurance company may consider you a high-risk driver and raise your insurance premiums significantly. You may have trouble getting the new job you want because the recruiter may feel the company would be taking too much of a risk on hiring you. Once you have a DUI conviction on your record, you should work on one issue at a time. There are legal options to consider, and the first is to go through the process of obtaining specialized driving privileges.