Indiana DUI Attorney: Driving Under the Influence – Operating While Intoxicated
In Indiana it is illegal for anyone to drive with a Blood Alcohol Content-Concentration (BAC) of .08% or above. In evaluating the strength of the State’s charges it is important to evaluate the all of the documents/video the State may have, the circumstances surrounding the stop, and the legality of such a stop. Get experienced representation with our DUI Attorney.
Penalties for OWI/DUI
First time DUI/OWI offense can result in charges of a C-misdemeanor or an A-misdemeanor depending on the driver’s BAC level.
- It is a C-misdemeanor if the BAC level is between .08% and .15%. A C-misdemeanor carries with it a maximum term of incarceration of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500.
- The charge is an A-misdemeanor if the BAC level is .15% or higher. An A-misdemeanor carries with in a maximum term of incarceration of up to one year and a fine of $5,000.
Additional misdemeanor DUI/OWI charges include:
- Operating a vehicle while intoxicated – with endangerment (A-misdemeanor) and
- Operating a vehicle while intoxicated -with a metabolite in the driver’s system (C-misdemeanor).
Second time OWI/DUI offenses can result in felony charges.
- If the operator has a prior OWI/DUI in past 5 years the offense will likely be elevated to a Felony 6.
- The OWI/DUI can also be elevated to a Felony 6 if there is a child in the car under the age of 18 years old or if the OWI results in serious bodily injury to another. Felony 6 charges carry with them a possible term of incarceration from 6 months to 2.5 years.
OWI/DUI offenses can result in even higher felony charges if the OWI results in death.
With any OWI/DUI charge there will likely include a license suspension. Our firm has experience dealing with suspension issues and can discuss alternatives with you in your specific case.
It is important to have experienced DUI attorney who has experience dealing with these types of cases. All of the attorneys at Vanderpool Law Firm have experience handling these cases. Give us a call or use our contact form!