Indiana Code Title 9. Motor Vehicles § 9-30-16-1

Sec. 1 . (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the following are ineligible for specialized driving privileges under this chapter:

(1) A person who has never been an Indiana resident.

(2) A person seeking specialized driving privileges with respect to a suspension based on the person's refusal to submit to a chemical test offered under IC 9-30-6 or IC 9-30-7.  However, a court may grant this person driving privileges under IC 9-30-6-8(d) .

(3) A person whose driving privileges have been suspended or revoked under IC 9-24-10-7(b)(2)(A) .

(4) A person whose driving privileges have been suspended under IC 9-21-8-52(e) or IC 9-21-12-1(b) .

(b) This chapter applies to the following:

(1) A person who held an operator's, a commercial driver's, a public passenger chauffeur's, or a chauffeur's license at the time of:

(A) the criminal conviction for which the operation of a motor vehicle is an element of the offense;

(B) any criminal conviction for an offense under IC 9-30-5, IC 35-46-9, or IC 14-15-8 (before its repeal);  or

(C) committing the infraction of exceeding a worksite speed limit for the second time in one (1) year under IC 9-21-5-11(f) .

(2) A person who:

(A) has never held a valid Indiana driver's license or does not currently hold a valid Indiana learner's permit;  and

(B) was an Indiana resident when the driving privileges for which the person is seeking specialized driving privileges were suspended.

(c) Except as specifically provided in this chapter, a court may suspend the driving privileges of a person convicted of any of the following offenses for a period up to the maximum allowable period of incarceration under the penalty for the offense:

(1) Any criminal conviction in which the operation of a motor vehicle is an element of the offense.

(2) Any criminal conviction for an offense under IC 9-30-5, IC 35-46-9, or IC 14-15-8 (before its repeal).

(3) Any offense under IC 35-42-1, IC 35-42-2, or IC 35-44.1-3-1 that involves the use of a vehicle.

(d) Except as provided in section 3.5 of this chapter, a suspension of driving privileges under this chapter may begin before the conviction.  Multiple suspensions of driving privileges ordered by a court that are part of the same episode of criminal conduct shall be served concurrently.  A court may grant credit time for any suspension that began before the conviction, except as prohibited by section 6(a)(2) of this chapter.

(e) If a person has had an ignition interlock device installed as a condition of specialized driving privileges or under IC 9-30-6-8(d) , the period of the installation shall be credited as part of the suspension of driving privileges.

(f) This subsection applies to a person described in subsection (b)(2).  A court shall, as a condition of granting specialized driving privileges to the person, require the person to apply for and obtain an Indiana driver's license.

(g) If a person indicates to the court at an initial hearing (as described in IC 35-33-7) that the person intends to file a petition for a specialized driving privileges hearing with that court under section 3 or 4 of this chapter, the following apply:

(1) The court shall:

(A) stay the suspension of the person's driving privileges at the initial hearing and shall not submit the probable cause affidavit related to the person's offense to the bureau;  and

(B) set the matter for a specialized driving privileges hearing not later than thirty (30) days after the initial hearing.

(2) If the person does not file a petition for a specialized driving privileges hearing not later than ten (10) days after the date of the initial hearing, the court shall lift the stay of the suspension of the person's driving privileges and shall submit the probable cause affidavit related to the person's offense to the bureau for automatic suspension.

(3) If the person files a petition for a specialized driving privileges hearing not later than ten (10) days after the initial hearing, the stay of the suspension of the person's driving privileges continues until the matter is heard and a determination is made by the court at the specialized driving privileges hearing.

(4) If the specialized driving privileges hearing is continued due to:

(A) a congestion of the court calendar;

(B) the prosecuting attorney's motion for a continuance;  or

(C) the person's motion for a continuance with no objection by the prosecuting attorney;

the stay of the suspension of the person's driving privileges continues until addressed at the next hearing.

(5) If the person moves for a continuance of the specialized driving privileges hearing and the court grants the continuance over the prosecuting attorney's objection, the court shall lift the stay of the suspension of the person's driving privileges and shall submit the probable cause affidavit related to the person's offense to the bureau for automatic suspension.


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