Long story short: my girlfriend’s brother got into a bit of trouble with the law a while back by getting pulled over while he was going 100mph on the highway while also happening to be under the influence of marijuana, and also possessing marijuana (just enough apparently for it to be considered intent to distribute or whatever). Now, altogether I believe he was charged with 6 offenses, at least one of which was the most severe misdemeanor class (or perhaps a felony?).
This is the guy’s first offense (a mighty one at that) they also revoked his driver’s license. Now, he happens to be in college currently and since it’s a 30 minute drive to and from his college, coupled with the fact that there’s no bus service of any kind in his suburban area, he’s pretty much going to be screwed out of going to college for at least the fall semester (they said he might get it back in Feb).
My question is this: aren’t there usually exceptions when a license is revoked allowing the person to travel to and from school/work? It seems kind of ridiculous that they can take away his ability to go to school for an entire semester on a first charge (even if it’s several offenses :)). Is it just completely up to the judge or is there perhaps some law requiring offenders to be allowed to transport themselves to and from work? FYI he could have got any one of six judges to hear the case and he just so happened to get the one that’s know for being a hardass on marijuana offenses… The real, example-setting type.
This is in Indiana if that matters.