Angola DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with DUI in Indiana, the cards are stacked against you. The State of Indiana takes DUI very seriously. The penalties are stiff. They include not only administrative penalties that could affect your right to drive in the state but also criminal penalties that could imperil your freedom.
Skilled Angola DUI attorneys minimize the damage to your personal freedom and your driver’s license. If there is any possibility that the charges can be tossed, we will find it. Talk to us today and let us help and we can deal with these serious together.
DUI / OWI / DWI Laws in Indiana
Indiana law refers to driving under the influence as “operating while intoxicated” (OWI). These laws prohibit all motorists from:
- Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher;
- Operating a vehicle under the influence of any illicit drug; and
- Operating a vehicle while intoxicated by a drug for which they have a prescription.
If you are under the age of 21, Indiana makes it unlawful to operate a vehicle with a BAC of .02 or above. .02 is significant because it is the margin of error for roadside breathalyzers.
Penalties for OWI Convictions in Indiana
OWI convictions, aside from causing your car insurance premiums to skyrocket immediately, also have four classes of penalty associated with them. These are fines, jail time, administrative penalties related to your driver’s license, and the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) that requires you to blow a clean score if you want your car to start.
In addition to these penalties, there are two circumstances that can escalate them. The first is having a BAC of .15 or higher and the second is having multiple OWIs over a five-year period. For those who are driving under the influence with minor passengers in the vehicle, the penalty becomes a class-6 felony. If anyone is injured as a result of drunk driving and the driver has at least one OWI conviction over the past five years, that driver will also be charged with a class-6 felony. Class-6 felonies carry a six-month to two-year jail sentence.
If you are found to have caused another person’s death while driving under the influence, it is a minimum class-5 felony.
If a driver caused death or serious bodily injury to another person and is found again driving under the influence, then he or she will be charged with a class-5 felony which carries a one- to six-year jail sentence.
An Angola DUI Attorney can Help
If you have been charged with OWI in Indiana, Robert Bellinger Law can help. We ensure that you are not overcharged for the circumstances and make sure that the method of testing your level of intoxication was performed correctly. Talk to us today and we can work toward a more favorable solution.