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OWI Vs DUI IN INDIANA:
OWI– This term is the acronym of “operating while intoxicated”. OWI in Indiana is used as an umbrella that covers the intoxication of any drug, from alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana, narcotics, pills, etc.
DUI– This term is the acronym of “driving under the influence”.
The level of criminal charge a first time Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) will depend upon the circumstances of the offense as well as the Blood Alcohol Concentration at the time of the arrest. See Indiana Code §9-30-5-1.
C Misdemeanor OWI: Punishable up to 60 days in jail and/or fine of up to $500.
- Operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) equivalent to .08 to .15.
- Operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in the person’s body.
A Misdemeanor OWI: Punishable from 0 days to 365 days in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Operating a motor vehicle with a BAC equivalent to at least .15.
- Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in a manner that endangers another person.
Typically following the arrest for an OWI, they will book the individual into the county jail. The individual will remain there until a bond is posted or the individual is released on their own recognizance. Along with the possible penalties for jail time, one may also risk having a license suspension.
License suspensions are often associated with any OWI/DUI charge. Following an initial hearing the judge is likely to sign a probable cause suspension which results in an automatic 180 day suspension while the criminal charges are pending. Offenders can face even more time on a license suspension following their case. It is important to understand your driving status as driving while suspended can result in more charges being filed against you.
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Our firm is here to help you with the criminal charges as well as the driving consequences of being charged with an OWI/DUI. We have experience in defending these charges as well as working with the Courts to file for specialized driving privileges during and after your case. Our firm has handled a lot of OWI/DUI cases in Kosciusko County, Wabash County, and the surrounding counties. Each case is unique and our firm is ready to stand up and defend your rights. Give us a call or use our contact us form for a consultation today!