Indianapolis DUI Attorneys
Defense Against OWI Charges
Were you accused of driving your car while intoxicated? Several states commonly refer to driving under the influence as DUI, however, in Indiana when you operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs you can be charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI). These charges might seem like something you can just ignore at first, but you shouldn’t. The outcome of the case could damage your livelihood if you lose your driving privileges. Can you keep your job if you can’t drive anymore? Ask yourself this question and others like it to understand just how important it is for you to defend yourself from the charges.
The Criminal Defense Team has more than 90 years of collective criminal defense experience to put to good use for your OWI case. Our DUI attorneys in Indianapolis know how to win difficult cases that would scare off other law firms. When you want to fight an OWI charge instead of just accepting it, you want us by your side.
On This Page
- Indiana BAC Limit
- Indiana DUI Penalties
- Reasons for Enhanced DUI Sentencing
- Fight for Your Rights & Driving Privileges
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What is BAC?
- Are field sobriety tests mandatory?
- Do I have to take a breath test?
- Can I get charged if I wasn’t drunk?
- Can a passenger drink alcohol in Indiana?
- Can I represent myself in my drunk driving case?
- How long will my OWI case take to resolve?
- Will I lose my driver's license if I am convicted of DUI?
Indiana has a standard blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for adult drivers, which is set at 0.08. Once an adult driver’s BAC reaches 0.08 or exceeds it, then they are “legally intoxicated,” which means it is strictly illegal for them to operate a motor vehicle. Minors in Indiana are legally intoxicated if their BAC level is just 0.02, and commercial drivers are usually held to a BAC level of just 0.04.
You can also be charged with OWI if you don’t have a BAC limit of 0.08. This can happen if you have any alcohol in your system and drive unsafely or erratically.
The penalties for an OWI conviction in Indiana can be varied based on the circumstances of your arrest and your driving history. Some people will only face fines and a temporary license suspension for OWI. Others might end up in jail and lose their driving privileges indefinitely.
Possible penalties for an OWI conviction in Indiana can include:
- Years in prison or up to a year in jail
- Thousands of dollars in fines paid to the state
- Loss of driving privileges
Remember: The ability to drive is a privilege that you must earn. It is not a right. This difference makes it easier for the state to stop you from driving, even for a first-time OWI.
An OWI charge and the sentencing upon conviction can escalate or become “enhanced” for many reasons. The Criminal Defense Team in Indianapolis has the experience and insight required to handle complex OWI cases, including those that might end in enhanced sentencing.
OWI sentencing can be increased in Indiana if the criminal defendant:
- Has a history of driving-related criminal convictions.
- Injured someone in a OWI accident.
- Knowingly committed the OWI with a minor nearby or in the vehicle.
- Violated the conditions of their parole or community corrections placement.
- Threatened harm to anyone who would report the OWI to the police.
- And various other situations.
Don’t take an OWI charge sitting down. Stand up for yourself and your driving privileges today. The Criminal Defense Team and our Indianapolis lawyers would be honored to act in your defense. We can build a strategy to show the prosecution that it is not worth pursuing a claim against you, so you can get back to your normal life and leave this complicated situation behind you.
Talk to our OWI defense attorneys now by dialing (317) 565-2221.
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