Applying for a Hardship License in Indiana

For many of us, very few things are as important in our day-to-day lives as the ability to drive. Our social, professional, and personal lives depend on getting from place to place, a simple act that is impeded when unable to drive yourself. Certain DUI charges, convictions, and penalties can take that ability away from you for a time. That does not mean you lose the need, so what can you do?

You are legally permitted to drive under certain situations with a hardship license, even if you are legally barred from operating a motor vehicle otherwise. With this temporary hardship license, you can get where you need to go within the set restrictions. While this does not give you total freedom, you can go to work, get groceries, and do whatever else you need to keep your life running.

Am I Eligible for a Hardship License?

Anyone in Indiana with a revoked or suspended license may be able to get a hardship license, but certain criteria must be met. As the name implies, these licenses are meant for those who are facing significant hardship based on their inability to drive. That hardship can apply to themselves or to others, but it must be proven before a license is granted.

If you are guilty of only one DUI, you are eligible after 30 days. If you have more than one, you may be waiting a while longer. Though not the only circumstances, having a job that requires driving or a disability that prevents using public transportation typically makes you eligible.

Even if you meet the criteria, obtaining a license can be a long, complicated process. You would be wise to take the help of a criminal defense attorney, who can help you determine eligibility and navigate the process to get back behind the wheel.

Steps to File for a Hardship License

To begin the process for approval, you will need to visit your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office and request a Special Driving Privileges application. You will have to provide your identification and proof of residency, along with other relevant documentation. For example, if your claim is that you need to drive for work, you will need proof of employment.

When you have submitted all necessary documents, you will have a hearing with the BMV. A representative will determine whether you qualify based on evidence you gather and provide. This is when a criminal defense lawyer is almost essential, making sure the BMV understands the necessity of your license.

Rules You May Have to Follow If You Are Approved

In Indiana, you will very likely have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car. Essentially, the device is a Breathalyzer, and your car will only start after you breathe into it and no alcohol is detected in your system.

Unfortunately, you will have to pay to have the IID installed and kept up, which can be costly. Ultimately, this may be worth it, as it means you get to drive even after a DUI.

Get Legal Representation in Indiana

If you are currently unable to drive due to a past offense in Indiana, we urge you to reach out to a criminal defense lawyer. They may be able to get you back on the road with a few restrictions. Wruble Law has been defending Indiana for over 35 years and will be more than willing to look over your case.

We will work hard to get your hardship license, handling the hard work for you and getting you results. Reach out to us by phone or through our quick contact form.