What happens when you get a DUI?

Criminal Defense
What happens when you get a DUI?

March 08, 2023

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) are serious offenses that should never be taken lightly. Classifications for “Under the Influence” is commonly associated with alcohol consumption; however any impairment from illegal drugs, marijuana, or prescription medication is also considered a DUI. Although state guidelines and laws vary, Indiana takes driving under the influence seriously. 

If you have been convicted or have received a citation for a DUI in Indiana, it is imperative to speak to a lawyer to understand your rights and case moving forward. 

What are the consequences of a DUI/DWI in Indiana?

In Indiana, a person with a DUI or OWI charge of driving under the influence (DUI) or Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) can face various penalties requiring a criminal defense lawyer. These penalties can include the following:

  1. License Suspension: If a person is arrested for DUI, their license can face suspension. Variables exist and are examined by attorneys to determine the severity of the penalty. Some variables include prior conviction or circumstances around the incident, like an accident or property damage.
  2. Fines: A person convicted of DUI/OWI in Indiana can face penalties of up to $5,000, depending on the circumstances around an accident and any prior DUI convictions.
  3. Jail Time: A person convicted of DUI in Indiana can be sentenced to jail. According to state law, an OWI carries four potential misdemeanor offenses ranging from Class A to Class D. There are also felony charges that carry heavier penalties and jail time for repeat and first-time offenders. 
  4. Ignition Interlock Device: A person convicted of DUI may be required by a judge to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This device requires the driver to blow into a breathalyzer before starting the car. It will prevent the vehicle from creating if the driver’s blood alcohol level is above a specific limit.
  5. Probation: A person convicted of DUI may be placed on probation for some time. During this time, they must follow certain conditions, such as attending alcohol treatment, receiving counseling, and maintaining sobriety while driving.

It’s important to note that the penalties for DUI/OWI in Indiana can become more severe if the offender has prior DUI convictions or if there were aggravating circumstances, such as causing an accident or having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above .05%-.08%. 

Additionally, DUI convictions can have long-lasting consequences, such as higher insurance rates, difficulty finding employment, and difficulty obtaining specific professional licenses.

Have you been cited with a DUI? Contact us today.

At The Bellinger Law Office, we understand that each case is unique, and the best resolution depends upon its specific circumstances. Our experienced attorneys are familiar with OWI/DUI cases in Fort Wayne and can offer knowledgeable guidance to our clients when assessing whether they should fight the charges or accept a plea. 

We believe in thorough communication and work hard to help people make an informed decision based on their individual situation. Speak to one of our attorneys today to find out how you can take advantage of our expertise when dealing with OWI charges.

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