License Suspension/Hardship License

Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV) Attorney in Indianapolis Covering Entire State

For more than 30 years, Indianapolis attorney Eric L. Mayer has advocated for motorists undergoing long-term license suspensions throughout Indiana. He has a thorough understanding of laws concerning driver's licenses.

Applying 30 Years of Experience to License Suspensions

Attorney Eric L. Mayer will work vigorously to help you restore your driving privileges. This is a highly technical area that many defense attorneys shy away from because they do not understand the intricacies involved. Whether you are considered a 5-year habitual traffic violator, 10-year habitual traffic violator or your license was suspended for life, Mr. Mayer understands what you are up against. He will take every measure possible to secure a hardship license or full reinstatement of driving privileges. He handles suspension cases for clients residing in all counties of the state, as well as clients now livng outside of Indiana.

Types of Serious License Suspensions

  • Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV): 5-Year Suspension

The 5-year HTV suspension results from 9 or more "infractions" plus one "major offense", all in a 10-year period. Infractions are minor traffic violations like speeding or running a stop sign, for which traffic tickets are issued. The most common "major offense" is DUI/OWI, but can also include offenses such as reckless driving and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license.

  • Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV): 10-Year Suspension

The 10-year HTV suspension results from 3 "major offenses" in a 10-year period. The most common 10-year HTV is based upon 3 DUI's. Other common examples can be two DUI's plus one reckless driving or two DUI's plus one driving while suspended offense.

  • Lifetime License Suspension

The lifetime license suspension results from a criminal conviction for Operating A Vehicle As Habitual Traffic Violator, as a Class D felony. If the Operating As Habitual Traffic Violator conviction is for a Class A misdemeanor rather than Class D felony, a lifetime suspension does not occur.

Securing Hardship Licenses On Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV) Suspensions

  • Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV): 5-Year Suspension

Indiana law allows a hardship license immediately after imposition of the 5-year HTV suspension. Some people think you have to wait 3 years or 2 1/2 years. Not true. An immediate hardship license is permitted under Indiana law.

  • Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV): 10-Year Suspension

A hardship license is permitted after 5 years of the 10-year HTV, providing you have not been caught driving the first 5 years. During the first 5 years, a legal maneuver known as post-conviction relief (PCR) can be utilized to attempt early termination of the 10-year suspension, and full reinstatement of your driver's license.

  • Lifetime License Suspension

Under certain circumstances, after 10 years have been served on the lifetime suspension, a hardship license can be obtained, or even full reinstatement of driving privileges secured. In addition, a legal maneuver to reverse the Operating As Habitual Traffic Violator conviction resulting in the lifetime suspension (see above) can be employed to terminate the lifetime suspension and achieve full reinstatement of your driving privileges.

Contact an Indiana Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV) Attorney

If your license has been suspended 5 years, 10 years or a lifetime, do not underestimate the value of working with an experienced lawyer. Hardship licenses and license reinstatement has been attorney Eric L. Mayer's focus for more than three decades. Contact his law firm today to learn how he can help get your license reinstated during a free initial consultation in Indianapolis. For your convenience, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.