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Let new laws help you

By Jeff Terrill

Fort Wayne Reader

2015-05-18


Ericís problems started with traffic tickets. He liked cars and he drove fast. He always paid his ticketsóand he had quite a few. The police arrested him for drag racing (speed contest) the day after he graduated high school. Eric isnít a real person.

Eric tried to be more careful, but it seemed the police had it out for him. Ericís mom tried to convince him to slow down. Eric didnít listen. A couple of years later, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) sent Eric notification that his license was suspended for five years. The BMV labeled him as a habitual traffic violator.

Eric never received the BMV letter. About a year later, Eric rolled through a stop sign. A police officer arrested Eric for driving as a habitual traffic violator. Eric pled guilty to that charge, spent four months in jail and received a lifetime license suspension from the BMV.

All of that happened a long time ago.

Eric is twenty-eight now. He and his fiancťe just welcomed a sweet little baby girl into their world. Eric works two jobs and does not drive. Ericís fiancťe picks him up from his day job and drives him to his night job. She brings him dinner and they usually eat in the car. Eric gets to spend time with his daughter before heading into his second shift of the day.

All of the driving is tough on Ericís fiancťe. Eric knows that his license problems are a burden on her and others. He pays a co-worker to drive him to work every morning. Ericís step-mom drives him home from his second job.

Due to his driverís license problems and his felony conviction, Eric hasnít been able to find higher paying jobs. He works hard though. And heís a great dad.

Ericís family is very proud of him and proud of how far he has come. They wish they could help him more, but they donít know where to start.

Eric and his family donít yet know that a new Indiana law enables suspended drivers (even those with lifetime suspensions) to petition the court for specialized driving privileges. That type of license would permit Eric to drive again.

Eric and his family also donít know that he could petition the court to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. Even better, enough time has gone by that Eric could petition to expunge his entire criminal history.

Eric grew up. He changed his life. Every day he deals with the poor judgment of his past.

There are some great new laws that might really help a guy like Eric.

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Jeff Terrill is a partner/shareholder with the law firm of Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C. Mr. Terrill represents clients accused of crimes throughout northeast Indiana. You can contact Mr. Terrill with any questions or comments at his office at 260.420.7777 or via email at jterrill@fortwaynedefense.com. Learn more about his firm at www.fortwaynedefense.com. This article expressed opinions and observations of the author, is not intended as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader. Please consult a qualified attorney with any legal questions or issues you might have. Thank you

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