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Fighting Against DUI-OWI Charges

Facing DUI/OVWI charges—even for the first time—involves serious consequences. The Indianapolis DUI defense attorney at Hayes Law Office understands the weight of these charges and the possible consequences of a conviction. Criminal defense lawyer Philip Hayes explores and communicates all possible options available to each client. He fights to find the best outcome. Even if the arrest was a first-time mistake, a conviction will result in serious consequences. Instead of accepting the consequences of a conviction, you have the opportunity to defend yourself and fight your DUI  charges.

The Indianapolis DUI defense lawyer at Hayes Law Office knows what is at stake with DUI charges. Moreover, he understands the consequences that follows a conviction. Attorney Hayes does not settle for second-best outcomes in his criminal defense cases. He fights to protect clients — while exploring all potential strategies to overcome the DUI charges. When necessary, he works to minimize the potential consequences. To learn how Hayes Law Office fights to protect the rights of clients, call 317-982-6122. Hayes Law Office represents clients throughout the Indianapolis area, including in Hamilton, Johnson, Hancock and Marion counties.

Hayes Law Office Builds Strong DUI Defense Strategies

Whether your charges involve allegations of drugs or alcohol, your attorney should consider all options to defend against DUI charges. Hayes Law Office takes the time to gather all the necessary information in each case before considering what method of defense is right under the unique circumstances of the case. Common defense strategies include:

  • Challenging illegal traffic stops
  • Uncovering the mishandling of evidence
  • Exposing improper maintenance or questionable testing equipment
  • Highlighting police errors

The DUI defense attorney at Hayes Law Office knows that each of his clients comes to the law firm with a unique situation. Mr. Hayes takes it upon himself to make sure that he does everything in his power to provide each client with the unique representation they deserve.

Indiana OWI/DUI Laws

If the officer detects a BAC of .08% or higher, you will likely face charges for driving under the influence. In the State of Indiana, the charge is officially Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. These charges are known as as OWI, OVWI and more commonly DUI. These charges range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the circumstances and your criminal history.

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

  • A conviction for a first-time DUI charge includes the potential for a jail sentence of up to one year, fines of up to $5,000 and a suspended license of up to two years.
  • An arrest for a repeat-DUI offense in Indiana may bring felony charges. A conviction for a second DUI offense within 5 years of the prior conviction, includes a minimum of five days in jail, with the potential for up to 2.5 years in prison. A fine of up to $10,000 is possible. The person also faces a maximum 2.5-year license suspension.
  • For a third DUI-conviction, the minimum jail prison time rises to 10 days. A fine of up to $10,000 is available to the judge, and the license suspension ranges from 2.5 years up to ten-years, depending upon the circumstances.

DUI Traffic Stops And 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. In Indiana, more traffic stops are common in metropolitan areas. Some officers will stop random drivers who are doing suspicious behavior hoping to find that the driver is driving under the influence. Common reasons for a stop include driving too slow or fast, failing to follow the proper signals, or even swerving between lanes.

If police believe they have probable cause for DUI, police will usually request that the driver perform a Breathalyzer test. The test seeks to determine blood alcohol levels with a BAC of 0.8% as the legal limit. Failing this test will lead to DUI charges, a possible suspension of your license and jail time.

Field Sobriety Tests

Three roadside tests are known as the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests:

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Test 

Officers look for involuntary eye movements called nystagmus, the onset prior to 45 degrees deviation. In lay terms, terms, officers use an object—usually a pen – to track the driver’s focus. They look for a lack of smooth pursuit of the eye in tracking the object, rapid and involuntary eye movement to evaluate for potential alcohol impairment.

Walk-And-Turn Test

This is a form of multi-tasking test where the officer instructs the driver to count while taking nine or ten steps. The person must then turn around and return to the starting point while counting off the steps.

One-Leg Stand Test

Here the officer will have you stand on one leg and hold this position until instructed that the test is complete.

While performing these tests, 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.

Hiring a DUI attorney in Indianapolis like Hayes Law Office is low cost — and worth paying — to potentially minimize the consequences. Penalties include the loss of your license, the potential loss of your job, or in some cases going to jail. If you or someone you know, is facing DUI charges in the Indianapolis area, Attorney Hayes is ready to fight for you.

Fight A Lifetime Of Consequences

A DUI conviction will likely lead to an impact on your driver’s license, potential time in jail and costly fines. You need to be sure you are fighting for the best possible outcome in your case. If you are facing DUI (OWI In Indiana) charges, contact Hayes Law Office today. Call the Indianapolis office at 317-982-6122 or email the firm here to request your initial consultation.