In Indiana, being charged with an OWI will have major consequences in your life. One of the biggest consequences is having your license suspended.
When you are charged with OWI, you can have your license suspended for two reasons: 1) you refuse to take any requested chemical test (breath, blood, or urine); or 2) you fail the requested chemical test.
If your license is suspended while your case is pending, you may be eligible to petition for Specialized Driving Privileges (SDP). There are not two scenarios where someone charged with OWI would not be eligible to petition for driving privileges: 1) never having obtained a driver’s license; or 2) refusing a requested chemical test.
If you have never obtained a valid driver’s license, you will need to get valid before any petition for SDP would even be considered.
If you were suspended due to a refusal of a requested chemical test, you will need to get the refusal suspension terminated before being eligible to petition for SDP.
SDPs are granted at the discretion of the presiding judge. Just because you are eligible does not mean you will be granted privileges.
Call us at Suhre & Associates, LLC at (317) 759-2599 to learn more about Specialized Driving Privileges.