Have you been deemed a Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV) by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles? If so, the attorneys at Marc Lopez Law Firm can likely get you driving again. But what did you do to become HTV in the first place? History tends to repeat itself, especially when you don’t understand it. In Indiana, there’s more than one way you can arrive at HTV status, and the route you take will also determine the length of your suspension.
One way you can become HTV is to have three convictions for major, auto-related offenses in a 10-year period. These offenses include, but are not limited to:
- DUI / OVWI
- Reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Any felony involving the use of a motor vehicle
If you’re found guilty of three majors in 10 years, the BMV will call you a Habitual Traffic Violator and suspend your license for 10 years.
Another way you can become HTV is to combine one major conviction with nine other traffic violations—including speeding—in a 10-year period. If you accumulate 10 traffic violations within 10 years and at least one of them is a major, auto-related offense, the BMV will call you a Habitual Traffic Violator and suspend your license for five years.
If the BMV declares you HTV, you should probably take them seriously. If you drive in spite of your suspension, you’ll be facing an additional Level 6 felony (maximum sentence: 2.5 years) if you’re stopped by the police. If you’re convicted of operating while HTV, your license will be suspended for life. Why dig yourself a deeper hole when Attorney Marc Lopez can get you driving legally?
Whether your Habitual Traffic Violator suspension is set to run for five years, 10 years, or the rest of your natural life, the Marc Lopez Law Firm can probably help. As with all things, certain exceptions can disqualify you from receiving Specialized Driving Privileges, so it’s important to consult with an attorney before making any long-term vehicular plans. Call us today at 317-632-3642 to learn how we can help you get back behind the wheel.