Indianapolis OWI Attorneys Helping People Arrested for Drunk Driving in Indiana
The criminal defense attorneys at Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP in Indianapolis represent persons charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVWI) in Indiana. A conviction for OVWI, also commonly known as DUI or OWI, can result in expensive fines and even jail time, as well as a suspension of your driver’s license and other penalties. Because the consequences for an OVWI can be so severe, and because the penalties increase dramatically for second or subsequent offenses, even an arrest for a first offense OVWI should be taken very seriously, and every effort should be made to minimize the effects of that arrest on your future.
Indiana Drunk Driving Laws
As in other states, if you are pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence in Indiana, you can be required to submit to a test of your blood alcohol content (BAC), and a reading of .08% is sufficient to be arrested for OVWI. Even if your BAC is less than .08%, you can still be charged with drunk driving if other evidence supports the claim that you were driving while intoxicated, such as if you were observed weaving in and out of your lane or if you took and failed field sobriety tests. There are also other ways you can be charged with OVWI with a BAC less than .08%. For instance, drivers of commercial vehicles can be arrested if the breathalyzer shows .04%, and minors under 21 can be arrested if their BAC registers as little as .02%.
If convicted of OVWI on a first offense, you can be fined anywhere from $500 to $5,000 and even sentenced to jail from 60 days up to one year. Your driver’s license can also be suspended for up to two years. If you have a previous conviction, you can be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to a mandatory jail term from five days to three years. A minimum 180-day license suspension will also be imposed. For a third offense, the mandatory jail sentence runs from ten days to three years, and your license will be suspended for anywhere from one year to ten years.
There Are Ways to Fight OVWI Charges
An experienced Indiana OVWI attorney will evaluate your arrest and determine what defenses might be available in your particular case. For instance, there may be issues with the reasons the police had for the initial stop, or the testing methods they used may be challenged as inaccurate. It is possible in many instances to have the case dismissed or to have the charges reduced. If a plea bargain is in your best interests, your criminal defense lawyer may be able to have only the minimum fine imposed or get you probation rather than any jail time.
Get Help with your OVWI from Experienced Indiana Criminal Defense Attorneys
An OVWI conviction can impact your life in many significant ways, including hurting your chances for employment, a professional license, or serving in the military. Don’t offer any statements to the police or plead guilty to any charges until you have talked with an experienced Indiana OVWI attorney who may be able to help you get a better result. In Indianapolis or statewide, contact Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP for immediate assistance.