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For many, facing a drunk driving arrest can be a very intimidating experience and like most, it may be your first encounter with the law. Over the years, OWI and DUI penalties in Indiana are tougher. That means an Indianapolis DUI/OWI defense lawyer is needed to help if you’ve found yourself in this situation.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for drunk or drugged driving in Indianapolis, Hayes Law Office can pursue every legal option available. Attorney Philip Hayes knows how a DUI charge can have a substantial impact on your ability to drive and may adversely affect your personal and professional reputation. He is trained to navigate these criminal laws and procedures to ensure that the defendant gets the best representation possible.

Contact Hayes Law Office today at (317) 759-1515 and request a free consultation today.

Indiana OWI Laws

If the officer detects a BAC of .08% or higher, you can be charged with driving under the influence. In the State of Indiana, if someone is found to be driving while under the influence of alcohol, they could be charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, also known as OWI or OVWI. Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on criminal history.

The following are the potential penalties for a drunk driving offense in Indiana:

  • A first DUI offense consists of jail time of 1 day to one year, fines up to $5,000, and a license suspension for up to two years.

  • A second offense within 5 years of your first offense will result to jail time of minimum of 5 days up to three years, $10,000 in fines, and maximum of 2.5-year license suspension up to two years.

  • A third offense will result to jail or prison time of 10 days to three years, up to $10,000 in fines, a maximum 2.5-year license suspension.

In some states, a DUI stays on your driving record for up to ten years in most states like Indiana. But in other states, a DUI can stay on your record for life. An OWI is a much more severe criminal charge than a DUI.

In addition, receiving a traffic violation citation for driving under the influence can lead to multiple charges. Things like driving through a couple of stop signs can result in to a small fee. Driving on the wrong side of the street, or putting someone’s life at risk can lead to a high-priced fee.

DUI Traffic Stops & Checkpoints

When performing a DUI check or a traffic stop, law enforcement officers use several methods for detecting if you are driving under the influence. During the Holiday season is when law enforcement is the most active looking for intoxicated drivers. For Indiana, more traffic stops are common in metropolitan areas. Some officers will stop random drivers who are doing suspicious behavior that may indicate a driver is driving under the influence. Things like driving too slow or fast, failing to follow the proper signals, or even swerving between lanes.

Once a driver is stopped for driving under the influence, that driver will then be asked to perform a Breathalyzer test to determine if the driver BAC is over 0.8% which is the legal limit. Failing this test can lead to a possible suspension of your license or jail time.

Field Sobriety Tests

There are three tests that make up The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST):

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test - This tests involves the officer moving a small object or pen in front of your eyes to test for signs of intoxication
  • Walk-and-turn test - For this test, the officer will have you walk in a straight line for around nine steps, turn around and then come back.
  • One-leg stand test - Here the officer will have you stand on one leg and hold this position until told to put it down.

Whild performing these tets, the officer is looking for signs that you are under the influence. These signs could be loss of balance, slurred speech or incorrectly following the instructions.

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Hiring a DUI attorney in Indianapolis like Hayes Law Office is very low cost and worth paying for to avoid listing your license, or losing your job, or in some cases going to jail. If you or someone you know, has been arrested for driving under the influence or intoxicated, Attorney Hayes is ready to fight for you.

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