Indianapolis Habitual Traffic Offender Lawyer
In Indiana, a habitual traffic violator is anyone who is convicted of three major traffic violations in a ten year period. While there is no exhaustive list of these crimes, examples of major traffic violations include driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. If you have been charged with a major traffic offense, you are likely worried about the consequences that could follow a conviction. In addition to serving time behind bars, penalties can include a lifetime license suspension. At Hessler Law, we understand how frightening these accusations can be. Our highly skilled Indiana traffic lawyers will listen to your side of the story and present your case in the best possible light.
Call (317) 886-8800 today to see how we can get your habitual traffic violations reduced or eliminated.
Major Traffic Violations
The crimes that must be committed in order to become a habitual traffic violator vary. However, almost all are felonies rather than misdemeanors. Offenses that are considered major traffic violations include, but are not limited to:
- Driving while intoxicated(DWI)
- Criminal recklessness
- Drag racing
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Reckless homicide caused by a motor vehicle
- Resisting law enforcement
License Suspension and Revocation
The consequences associated with habitual traffic violations can be confusing. You may not know which penalties to expect, as consequences depend on a number of factors, such as whether you are already a habitual traffic violator and the crime’s severity. In general, though, the penalties associated with HTVs are prohibitive.
Being deemed a habitual traffic violator by committing a major traffic offense will initially result in a license suspension of 5 years, 10 years, or life. If you are already labeled as a habitual violator, the consequences are far harsher. Committing a major traffic violation, in this case, will almost always result in a lifetime license suspension. However, if you are already a habitual violator, it is possible to have a traffic violation labeled as a class A misdemeanor rather than a level 5 or 6 felony. Altering this classification is one way to avoid a lifetime suspension.
In court, there are a number of strategies that can be used to get your charges thrown out entirely. In order to be convicted of a crime as a habitual violator, for example, the prosecution must show the court that you were informed of your habitual traffic violator status by the Bureau of Motorized Vehicles (BMV). If this cannot be proven, a conviction will bring less severe penalties. This may also be grounds for getting your case thrown out entirely.
It might also be the case that you were driving on your suspended license because of an extreme emergency. Although this must be thoroughly proved by the defense, doing so can lead to your charges being thrown out entirely.
Contact an Indianapolis Habitual Offender Lawyer at Hessler Law Today
Being convicted of a major traffic violation in Indiana is serious. If you already have two major violations on your record, you may be labeled as a habitual traffic violator. Committing a crime or even driving if you have reached habitual violator status can result in elevated penalties, such as a lifetime license suspension.
At Hessler Law Firm, we understand the stress that can arise from these situations. Our skilled Indianapolis defense attorneys will stand by you every step of the way and ensure that your rights are protected. We believe the key to a strong defense is getting to know you and understanding your goals. Once we know your side of the story, we can create a compelling defense so that your case reaches the best possible outcome. Call (317) 886-8800 today to see how we can help.