Three things to know about a suspended or revoked driver’s license in Indiana

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Our vehicles are often our lifelines. They provide transportation to work and allow us the flexibility to get to activities and see loved ones. It is almost impossible to get around without our own vehicle. This is why the threat of a revocation or suspension of a driver’s license can be so devastating.

Thankfully, anyone in this situation has options.

If you are facing the potential revocation or suspension of your driver’s license, you likely have a lot of questions. We discuss three of the more common, including how to fight back, below.

#1: What types of situations can lead to suspension or revocation?

Some common examples include:

  • Accumulating too many traffic violation points,
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
  • Failing to provide proof of insurance, and
  • Non-payment of traffic fines or failure to appear in court.

The point system in Indiana is particularly strict. A driver can lose points for speeding, failing to use headlights or turn signals and following another vehicle too closely.

#2: How can I reinstate my driver’s license?

Reinstatement of a driver’s license in Indiana is not automatic and involves several steps, including satisfying court requirements or completing a defensive driving course and paying all applicable fines and reinstatement fees.

#3: How can I prepare to fight back?

Know that you have rights. Allegations of traffic violations may seem like a relatively minor issue, but when you add up the points, they can spell big trouble for your license. Review the allegations and consider fighting back. A strong defense strategy, tailored to your case, can result in the reduction or dismissal of charges. This could include a review of the evidence to see if they have enough to support the charges.

It is also important to know that the law that guides these matters is always changing. In a recent example, Indiana lawmakers are considering a new law that would change how the state handles license suspensions following car accidents. Currently, the law allows for an automatic suspension if the driver does not respond to a Bureau of Motor Vehicle’s request for insurance verification after the crash. The proposal would change this, requiring the state to send a copy of the letter to the driver’s most recent insurance carrier and allow drivers to request a hearing to show proof of insurance before the state can suspend their license.

This highlights the need to stay current when navigating this situation, as changes in the law can impact your case. It is also important to note that driving with a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense and can lead to arrest, further fines, and an extended period of suspension or revocation.

Losing your driving privileges has significant legal implications. It can affect your daily life, limit your mobility, and result in financial strain due to the inability to commute to work. Moreover, a record of suspension or revocation can have long-term effects on your driving history and insurance premiums.