Some people may think a DUI isn’t a big deal or that it’s inconvenient for a period of time and then you can simply move on. The truth is a DUI is a dangerous and serious offense with implications that can have long-term effects on your life. It’s immediate consequences are quite significant and, depending on the severity of the DUI event, it could be a mistake that follows you for a lifetime. In any DUI charge, it is essential that you hire an attorney who is experienced in DUI defense which involves complex factors ranging from why you were stopped in the first place to police procedure related to chemical testing, the testing equipment that was used, and more.
At the Law Office of B.D. Williams, you can depend on the knowledge, experience, and skills of our Indianapolis DUI attorney who is backed by 20 years of experience. That experience includes a substantial trial practice as well as handling case investigations, analyzing evidence, negotiating with prosecutors, and more. In order to increase your chances of a favorable outcome, you will need this kind of experience along with the commitment to excellence our firm brings to every client. You can start by having your case reviewed and learning how best to proceed by discussing it with our attorney as soon as possible following an arrest.
Reach out to the Law Office of B.D. Williams online or at (317) 458-9911 for a free, initial consultation about your case. Also serving Tippecanoe and Madison Counties.
What Is DUI in Indiana
In Indiana, driving under the influence (DUI) is officially referred to as operating while intoxicated (OWI).
OWI consists of:
- Operating your vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or .08 percent or higher
- Operating your vehicle with any level of a Schedule I or II controlled substance (examples of these include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, hallucinogens, and opiates)
- Operating your vehicle when intoxicated by drugs or alcohol (regardless of the amount)
The penalties you will face in any OWI will be based on various circumstances including whether it is a first offense or subsequent offense and your BAC level.
A first offense carries up to 60 days of jail time, up to $500 in fines, a license suspension of 180 days, and a required ignition interlock device(IID) installed and maintained in your vehicle for up to 60 days. If your BAC measured .15 percent or higher, jail time can increase to up to a year, your fine can increase to up to $5,000, and your IID time can increase to up to a year. Penalties also can include probation, drug or alcohol treatment, education, or counseling, and an SR-22 insurance policy. If you refused to submit to a chemical test, your license suspension will be for one year. Finally, you will end up with a permanent criminal record that can hamper future opportunities for employment, housing, professional licenses, and more.
Subsequent offenses may result in increased penalties. A first offense OWI is enhanced to a Level 6 felony if your driving endangered others or if you had a passenger in your vehicle who was under the age of 18. This carries six months up to two and half years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you are convicted of an OWI while having a previous conviction within the last five years, you will also be charged with a felony carrying the same above penalties.
How the Law Office of B.D. Williams Can Help
Our attorney can analyze your case and find that it could lead to a dismissal. When that seems unlikely, we may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf for a reduced charge leading to lesser penalties. Should that be unavailable, your case will likely end up at trial. Our attorney has significant trial experience that can be used to argue your case with skill and tenacity.
Providing Assurance & Confidence When You Need It the Most
Arrests and criminal charges are among the greatest challenges you will ever face. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you are likely experiencing stress, confusion, and uncertainty. You may not know where to turn, what your charges mean, and how they will affect you. Your reputation, your job or career, your future, and your freedom may all be at stake.
At the Law Office of B.D. Williams, we understand the duress of criminal charges and being thrown into a system you may not fully understand. Our mission is to help you at this critical time, to provide the legal support you need, to advise and counsel you on your rights and options, and to see that you are treated fairly throughout the legal process. The State of Indiana has harsh criminal laws and the penalties for a criminal conviction can be quite severe. Even if the charge is relatively minor, you will want to know that your attorney brings competence and commitment to the fight.
When you retain our services, you can have confidence knowing that our Indianapolis defender has substantial trial experience. Whether you are facing a minor misdemeanor or a more serious felony, your case will be handled with diligence and dedication.
Our Criminal Defense Legal Services
The Law Office of B.D. Williams handles a wide range of criminal law matters, as seen below. It is important to know that all crimes, including both felonies and misdemeanors, must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a tough standard to meet which often gives you the opportunity to fight back with evidence that may cast doubt on the state’s case. However, not every potential strategy may be obvious to someone who is not experienced in defending cases.
As your criminal defender, our attorney possesses the knowledge, experience, and tenacity to investigate your case in detail and explore all of your options. It is also important to remember to seek legal representation as soon as you realize that you are being investigated. In some instances, hiring a criminal defense attorney early in the process can affect whether a prosecutor pursues criminal charges at all.
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