Arrested for a DUI in Indiana?
Our Noblesville DUI Attorneys Can Help
Driving while intoxicated can lead to being charged with a DUI or driving
under the influence. This can also be known as an OWI or operating a vehicle
while under the influence. Drunk driving offenses in Indiana can result
the loss or suspension of a driving license, hefty fines, and possibly
time in the county jail or even prison. At least one Indiana County has
a policy requiring mandatory jail time, even on a person’s first
DUI. Therefore, don’t presume that you will be slapped on the wrist
just because it is your first DUI. Indiana implements a system in which
the penalties become more serious with each subsequent DUI offense.
DUI convictions and
underage DUI convictions can result in punishments that may have serious ramifications
on your life. Our
Noblesville criminal defense lawyers have handled hundreds and hundreds of DUI cases in our combined 55 years.
We take all DUI charges very seriously and our team concept has aided
in many victories that did not seem possible, including a victory for
a man facing 11 years in prison for his 6th DUI and who had admitted on video that he was intoxicated and had been
drinking all day, and another man that had a blood alcohol level of .44
– almost 5 times the legal limit, and was found passed out in the
middle of the road behind a running vehicle. Another man was arrested
2 times within 2 weeks in the same county and was found “not guilty”
in both cases by a jury. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms
of success we have had on behalf of our clients in DUI cases. Don’t
let other attorneys tell you that it is impossible to win. Of course,
we can’t promise that you will receive a dismissal or victory at
trial or a reduced charge as every case is different. However, the point
is that if your lawyer doesn’t go in and fight for you to get the
best outcome, you will never know what type of success you may have.
- 60 days to a year in prison
- Fines from $0 - $500
- A suspension of license that can last up to 2 years
- 5 days to 3 years in prison
- A fine of $10,000
- A suspension of license that will last at least 180 days and up to 2 years
If you have a second DUI charge within 5 years of your last conviction,
you will (at a minimum) be facing a level 6 felony. However, even if more
than 5 years have passed since your first DUI conviction, you will face
a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 5 days in jail or 180 hours of community
service, although you may only be facing a misdemeanor charge.
- 10 days to 3 years in prison
- A fine of up to $10,000
- A suspension of license that will last at least a year and up to 10 years
On your third DUI, the presumption in our office is that either the prosecutor
or judge (or both) will expect some amount of prison time, making it very
important to work the case and try to convince the prosecutor to give
you a set plea that will avoid or limit prison time. The best way to do
this is to cause the prosecutor concern that they may lose at trial. Therefore,
having experienced criminal defense attorneys that are known for their
willingness to go to trial is of the upmost importance in our opinion.
Additionally, if you have 3 DUI convictions within a 10 year time span,
you may lose your license for 10 years as you would be eligible for being
adjudged a Habitual Traffic Violator.
What should I do after a DUI or OWI?
If you find yourself charged with a DUI/OWI in Indiana, take a few steps
to help yourself. Record as much information about the incident as you
possibly can, including statements made and the contact information of
any witnesses. Also, save any receipts from bars or restaurants where
you may have been drinking.
Another thing that can help you is to mark all of your social media outlets
as private or remove them altogether-some of the pictures you post or
statements you make online could be considered incriminating. It is important
that you seek legal help as soon as possible after you've been charged
or accused, so do not hesitate to
contact us. Our Noblesville DUI lawyers can represent you. We've represented
thousands and thousands of clients and taken hundreds of cases to trial,
including both misdemeanor and felony DUI cases, all with the goal to
help get justice for the accused.
Though the state of Indiana does not allow a DUI charge to be reduced to
a non-criminal charge, you can still avoid the maximum penalties and your
attorney may be able to convince the prosecutor or judge to eliminate
or reduce expensive and time-consuming add-ons to your sentence (such
as drug and alcohol classes, community service, and other behavioral modification
type courses). You can even petition to receive
specialized driving privileges during your suspension and meet your essential travel needs. The entire
charge may even be dismissed, depending on the circumstance. Only an experienced
legal professional can help you with this. Call us for more detailed information.
We are happy to discuss this complex area of law on the phone.
(888) 988-5659 to schedule your free case evaluation
with our Noblesville criminal defense attorneys.