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Specialized Driving Privileges in Fort Wayne

If you have had your license taken away and are waiting to drive, you may benefit from the state's new specialized driving privilege law. On January 1, 2015, the state of Indiana adjusted the laws to offer greater freedom to those who have been penalized with a driver's license suspension. Indiana Code § 9-30-16-1 allows individuals who have had their license suspended greater ease in regaining their ability to drive.

Who can obtain a specialized driver's permit?

Under the new law, a "specialized driving privilege" can be obtained much easier for individuals who are eligible. Indiana courts and judges now have the ability to grant a specialized driving privilege to those who have had court ordered and Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) ordered license suspensions. The court can now stay the suspension for a period of 180 days or longer.

According to the statute, you may be deemed ineligible if any of the following applies:

  • Have never had a valid Indiana driver's license
  • Hold a commercial driver's license
  • Refused to submit to a chemical test
  • Convicted of an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle that caused the death of another
  • Received a specialized driving privilege in the past and have been convicted more than once for a violation of IC 9-30-16-5

Freedoms Available with a Specialized Driving Privilege

Specialized driving privileges make it legal to drive only under specific circumstances. Conditions for specialized driving permits are issued at the sole discretion of the court, which means that the stipulations will depend on the life and circumstances of the individual.

Some of the court-approved circumstances can include:

  • Installation of the Ignition Interlock Device
  • Court-related events
  • To and from work only
  • Pick up children from daycare / school
  • Doctors' appointments

As you seek driving privileges under this statute, I encourage you to contact a knowledgeable Fort Wayne criminal defense attorney today. 

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