Franklin, IN DUI Attorneys
You could lose your driving privileges and freedom if you are convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), which is similar to driving under the influence (DUI) in most other states. Trying to defend yourself against the state could be a mistake that costs your driver’s license. When so much of your day-to-day life could be disrupted by just one judge’s decision, it is safer to side with caution and team up with a highly respected OWI defense law firm like The Criminal Defense Team in Franklin, Indiana.
We have more than 90 years of total practice experience with a deliberate focus on criminal defense. OWI cases can get complicated quickly, but not for us. Our talents, know-how, and resources ensure that we will be ready to defend any OWI/DUI case that comes our way.
On This Page
- BAC Limit in Indiana
- Possible OWI Penalties
- Enhanced OWI Sentencing in Indiana
- We Have 3 Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialists
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What does BAC mean?
- How is BAC measured?
- Do I really get penalized if I don’t take a breath test?
- I was forced to take a field sobriety test, does that matter?
- How can I get an OWI if I wasn’t even drunk?
- Will I lose my license after an OWI in Indiana?
Talk to us now about your OWI. Call (317) 565-2221.
In Indiana, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. If a driver is pulled over with this BAC level, then it is grounds for an OWI charge. Minors automatically break the law if they drive with a BAC level of just 0.02. Commercial drivers in the state must keep their BAC levels below 0.04.
An OWI can seem like it will not be too damaging upon conviction, especially if you have never had one before. Don’t be mistaken. Indiana can slam you with harsh penalties for a first-time OWI conviction.
OWI penalties in Indiana can include:
- Time spent behind bars
- Fines paid to the state
- Loss of driving privileges
Furthermore, an OWI can completely disrupt your day-to-day life if you lose your driver’s license. If you depend on your vehicle to get to work, for example, then you could face job loss. Child visitation rights might be temporarily changed if you have to drive to see your children. The ramifications of losing your driving privileges are as harsh as they are varied, so be ready to fight to protect them.
The previously mentioned OWI penalties can be heightened under certain circumstances. Indiana allows for enhanced sentencing if the situation calls for it.
Your OWI charges could be escalated if:
- You have been convicted of a driving offense or OWI before.
- You were in an OWI accident that hurt someone.
- You were on parole when you were pulled over again.
- You had a minor in your vehicle while drunk driving.
You should do everything that you can to defend your driving privileges, rights, and finances from the penalties of an OWI conviction. Start your defense by coming to The Criminal Defense Team and working with our Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialists. To achieve this title, an attorney must pass an infamously rigorous exam of Indiana’s criminal laws.
Currently, there are six Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialists. Three of them have joined The Criminal Defense Team, so we can provide the best possible legal services to our OWI and criminal defense clients.
Your OWI Defense Is Waiting – Call Now
We should start building your OWI defense strategy now before the prosecution gets too far ahead in its efforts. Call (317) 565-2221 to talk with our Franklin OWI defense lawyers. Leave everything up to us. We will fight as if we were defending our own driving privileges and livelihoods.
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“We would recommend the Criminal Defense Team to anyone.” - Vicki
“This is Mr. Andrew Baldwin’s specialty and he knows his stuff!” - Donita
“I feel they genuinely care about others and work together quite well as a team.” - Brandon