Being convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) has legal and social consequences. It can mean license suspension or even revocation, which makes it challenging to earn a paycheck.
However, if you’re a licensed Indiana driver convicted of OWI/DUI in certain circumstances, you may still be eligible for specialized driving privileges to help you keep your life on track.
Specialized driving privileges can be invaluable to your livelihood
In Indiana, drivers convicted for DUI may be able to obtain specialized driving privileges to get to certain places such as work, school, or court. They usually come with certain restrictions, such as limited hours of operation, locations where a driver can go or an ignition interlock device requirement.
There are some cases where you would not be eligible for privileges, such as:
- Never having been a resident of Indiana
- Refusal to take a chemical test
- Your operation of the vehicle resulted in another’s death
- Violation of previous specialized driving privileges
- Revocation of a license from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) for being unfit or too incompetent to drive
Driving after an DUI conviction without specialized driving privileges comes with significant repercussions. Depending on the severity of the offense, legal penalties could include fines, jail time and license suspension or revocation.
If you have a DUII and are worried about how you are going to earn a living and support your family, then it’s essential that you discuss your situation with a legal representative. They can review your case and guide you through the legal process. Having someone who can advocate for you will ensure the best possible outcome for your circumstances.