“The prosecutor noted during our call that Brian had done a real good job at researching and understanding the new case law, he had no doubt that if he proceeded with taking it all the way to court it was going to be dismissed by the judge.”April K.
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.
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.
What is a DUI in Indiana?
In Indiana, driving under the influence (DUI) is officially referred to as operating while intoxicated (OWI). 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.
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)
What Are the DUI Penalties in Indiana?
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.
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Getting arrested for a DUI can be a frightening, confusing, and stressful experience, especially if it is the first time you are facing criminal charges. A conviction can lead to serious criminal penalties, such as driver’s license suspension, expensive fines, and even jail time. Having a DUI on your criminal record can negatively affect many aspects of your life, including the ability to obtain employment or a professional license.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Indianapolis, let the Law Office of B.D. Williams defend you inside and outside the courtroom. We can thoroughly examine your case, figure out your available legal options, and help you get the best possible result in court. Do not hesitate to let us get started on your case immediately.
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