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.
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:
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.
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.