DUI / OWI Defense
Under Indiana law, driving under the influence (DUI) is most commonly called OWI or operating under the influence. Keep in mind, this may refer to being intoxicated on alcohol or having any type of drug in your system that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Like many other states, Indiana has an implied consent rule which means if you do not submit to a certified breath test, you could lose your right to drive. One of the most important things you can do if you are stopped is contact a Alcorn Sage Schwartz & Magrath, DUI / OWI defense lawyer.
Serious Penalties for DUI/OWI Charges
Indiana takes DUI/OWI charges very seriously and the penalties are severe. For a first offense conviction, you would face a license suspension for up to two years, be forced to take an educational class at your expense and may also be required to participate in community service. While a first offense is typically considered a misdemeanor, you may also face a fine of up to $5,000 and you are also facing an increase in your automobile insurance rates.
Blood alcohol levels of .08 are typically required to be charged with a DUI/OWI however, for those who are under the age of 21, a BAC of only .02 will be sufficient to charge you with DUI/OWI and for commercial vehicle drivers the maximum BAC is .04. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest, contacting a Alcorn Sage Schwartz & Magrath, DUI/OWI defense lawyer is imperative in order to fight the charges against you and to dispute evidence.
Subsequent DUI/OWI Offenses
Anyone who has previously been convicted of a DUI/OWI could be facing felony charges. If you have been charged with a second DUI/OWI you could be facing up to 2.5 years in jail time and fines of up to $10,000 if your second conviction occurs within 5 years of your last conviction. In addition, you will be facing a suspended license for upwards of two years, may be required to have an ignition interlocking device and will also pay to have your license reinstated.
Third convictions on DUI/OWI charges are even more serious and the “look back” period is 10 years. If you are convicted for a third offense, you will be facing a mandatory 10 day jail sentence and could be facing up to 2.5 years. You may also be required to participate in some form of community service and you will have to complete a state approved drug and alcohol program. Your license is likely to be suspended for a minimum of one year but may be suspended for a much longer period and an ignition interlock devicemay be required for as long as you are considered to be on a probationary driving period which could be for up to 10 years.
DUI/OWI offenses in Indiana are taken very seriously and you do not want to have to deal with the long-term ramifications including loss of driving rights, fines and increases in your automobile insurance premiums.
Contact Alcorn Sage Schwartz & Magrath immediately and let us help you fight these charges. We have the skills and experience you need when hiring an Indiana DUI / OWI defense lawyer.
Call Alcorn Sage Schwartz & Magrath at 800-330-8765 for a free consultation.