There are many consequences of a criminal conviction beyond a jail term or court fine. Suspended driving privileges are possible in many different criminal cases, and this can impact a defendant’s ability to work at a time when they are accruing attorney’s fees and country costs. Our driver’s license suspension attorneys in Munster are here to help. With the right legal strategy, you can mitigate all the consequences of a criminal conviction, including the suspension of your driving privileges.
You might be surprised to learn that your driver’s license can be suspended without a criminal conviction. Like other states, Indiana has an implied consent law, which requires drivers to submit to an alcohol test any time an officer suspects they are impaired. Refusing can lead to your license being suspended for a year – even if your tests later show that your blood alcohol level was below .08.
There are, however, certain defenses that can prevent this administrative suspension from taking place. The officer must make you aware of the consequences of refusal. If you do not sign a form acknowledging this warning, the suspension might not be valid, and it can be thrown out on procedural grounds. The officer must also have probable cause to stop you and believe that you are impaired. If not, the suspension can be challenged on substantive grounds. In either event, a driver has only ten days to challenge a suspension, so it is critical that you hire a defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your right to appeal the suspension could be lost in a very short time.
Some criminal convictions automatically result in the suspension of your driving privileges. For the first DUI conviction, a driver’s license is suspended for 180 days. (Some defendants can get a restricted license that allows them to drive to work.) Further DUI convictions can result in suspensions of up to two years. This is not the only offense that leads to suspended driving privileges. Other vehicular offenses can also restrict your driving privileges. Common examples include:
Many of these are serious felony offenses. You need a defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible when you are facing years – or sometimes even decades – in prison. Our Indiana criminal defense attorneys can help you develop the best strategy for managing all the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction.
You don’t have to face criminal charges on your own. You also do not have to deal with the DMV on your own when facing a driver’s license suspension. Our experienced defense lawyers can help mitigate the criminal and administrative consequences of a conviction with the legal strategy that is best suited to your case. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with a driver’s license suspension lawyer as soon as possible.
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