Learning what the powers that be can and can’t do
Has your license been suspended? Do you feel as if you’ve been unfairly targeted by the BMV?
It’s entirely possible that you have. It’s a sad fact that many Indiana drivers aren’t aware of the BMV’s criteria for suspending a license. In many cases, suspensions can be successfully fought and overturned in a court of law. In others, the penalties may be softened. First, it’s critical to understand how and when the BMV can suspend your license.
Driving Under the Influence
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’re arrested and convicted of driving under the influence, the BMV will suspend your license for a significant period of time. However, it’s important to note that your license can only be suspended after a judge reviews and accepts an official chemical test that demonstrates probable cause that you were intoxicated while driving. If there are any breaks in the chain of custody or other irregularities that reduce the test’s accuracy, your suspension may be invalid.
A Pattern of Violations
If you’ve received numerous traffic violations over a relatively short period of time, your license may be suspended. Relevant situations include:
- 10 moving violations within a 10-year period (five-year suspension)
- Three major offenses, including reckless driving and DUI, within a 10-year period (10-year suspension)
- Two vehicular crimes that result in injury or death within a 10-year period (10-year suspension)
Driving Without Insurance
If you don’t have the required insurance on your vehicle, your license could be suspended for up to 90 days for a first offense. On a subsequent offense within three years, your license may be suspended for up to one year.
Failure to Appear or Pay
If you fail to appear for a scheduled court date or pay your citation within a prescribed period of time, your license may be suspended. However, it may be possible to reduce or overturn this suspension in certain situations.
Learn How to Deal With a Suspended Driver’s License in Indiana
No matter why your driver’s license is suspended, it’s critical for you to have competent representation that gives you the best possible chance of minimizing the potential inconvenience. At Garrison Law Firm, we’re committed to standing up for the rights of drivers across Indiana. For more information about how we can help you as you pursue your suspended license case, call us at (317) 842-8283 or fill out our online contact form.