Getting Caught Driving Under The Influence In Indiana Carries Serious Penalties
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) by drugs or alcohol is illegal. DUI is also known as driving under the influence and DWI is known as driving while intoxicated (DWI). Anytime you get behind the wheel to drive in Indiana, you have implied your consent to drug and alcohol testing if you are stopped by the police. Harsh penalties even for a first-time conviction of a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of .08 percent include a minimum driver’s license suspension or revocation of up to two years. In addition to paying steep court costs and fees, a conviction for a first-time OWI offense may include penalties such as:
- Fines up to $5,000
- One-year jail sentence
- Urine tests for alcohol and drugs
- Probation terms
- Abuse education course attendance
And that is for the first offense. Working with an experienced attorney can make a difference in the outcome of your case. At Anna K. Murray & Associates, P.C., we provide the legal advocacy you need to pursue alternatives to costly fines and penalties such as losing your driver’s license or worse.
Are You Facing A Charge For A Second Or Third DUI?
Multiple DUI arrests and convictions are not simple matters in Indiana. A conviction of a second DUI offense carries a penalty of imprisonment for at least five days and a fine up to $10,000. Depending on your circumstances, this could extend up to three years. You will lose your license for 180 days. Without the help of an experienced DUI attorney, you could be facing a two-year driver’s license suspension.
A third offense could mean a charge as a habitual traffic violator and your license could be suspended for 10 years. Additionally, the court may sentence you as a habitual substance offender for increased imprisonment up to eight additional years.
At Anna K. Murray & Associates, P.C., we have the experience and knowledge you need to protect your rights. We will help you mitigate the staggering penalties and guide you to the services you need.
Call Us At (812) 725-7533 To Find Out How We Can Help You
Hiring a knowledgeable DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest can help your case. Our attorneys will examine all the circumstances of your arrest to protect your rights. We have the resources you need to build a strong case in your defense. Our experienced team is in your corner. Email us or call our firm for the criminal defense you need.