Arrested for a DUI in Indiana?

DUI Penalties can Be Serious - Call (888) 988-5659 for Help!

Driving while intoxicated can lead to being charged with a DUI (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 in one of the following:

  • Loss or suspension of a driving license
  • Hefty fines
  • 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.

Don't face these charges alone. Contact our legal team today to learn how we can help.

Victories with The Criminal Defense Team

DUI convictions and underage DUI convictions can result in punishments that may have serious ramifications on your life. Our Noblesville DUI defense lawyers have handled hundreds and hundreds of DUI cases in our combined 100 years. We take all DUI charges very seriously and our team concept has aided in many victories that did not seem possible.

Some cases we have handled include:

  • 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.

What Penalties Will I Face for a DUI?

1st Offense:

  • 60 days to a year in prison
  • Fines from $0 - $500
  • A suspension of license that can last up to 2 years

2nd Offense:

  • 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.

3rd Offense:

  • 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 DUI 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.

Call (888) 988-5659 to schedule your free case evaluation with our Noblesville DUI defense attorneys.

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