DUI/OWI

The term "driving under the influence" or "operating while intoxicated" often conjures images of vehicles driving erratically, swerving across lanes. However, most DUI/OWI traffic stops occur after a stop for a minor traffic violation, such as speeding or failure to obey a traffic sign. It is common that drivers arrested for DUI/OWI got behind the wheel without understanding the relatively few drinks required to put their alcohol level over the legal limit.

The arrest, legal process, and overall consequences of a first-time DUI/OWI offense can be frightening and confusing, with substantial effects on many aspects of the offender's life, such as driver's license suspension, employment issues, and probation obligations. A subsequent DUI/OWI offense carries even more penalties and can trigger a host of additional issues. Undoubtedly, being charged with a DUI/OWI can be a life-changing event.

DUI/OVWI offense in Indiana

In the State of Indiana, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a measured blood alcohol content of .08% or with a measurable amount of marijuana or other controlled substances in the blood stream.

While the generic term for an alcohol-related driving offense is DUI, Indiana refers to the charge as Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVWI) with related charges based on the blood alcohol level itself (Operating a Vehicle With a BAC .08% or Above/Operating a Vehicle with a BAC .15% or Above). The Indiana Statute also refers to "Endangering a Person"; this does not require anyone other than the driver himself to be "endangered."

These offenses can carry legal penalties including license suspensions, fines and court costs, home detention periods, probation, and, in some cases, executed jail/prison sentences. In addition, a conviction may affect your insurance premiums, student status, professional licensures, and employment opportunities. For additional DUI/OWI information, click here.

Given the immediate and significant effects an OVWI arrest has, it is important to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and begin building a defense. Time can be critical in evaluating your particular situation and the remedies available while the case is pending, and, ultimately, how the case will be resolved through jury trial, trial by a judge, or otherwise.

Our criminal defense team

At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, our attorneys offer immediate legal assistance to individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Our criminal defense team has successfully litigated OVWI cases, both misdemeanors and felonies, in counties across the State of Indiana. We recognize that our clients are facing a difficult challenge. The essence of the attorney-client relationship is to provide our clients with their most effective representation, tailored to their individual needs.

Whether challenging the legality of your traffic stop, arrest, breathalyzer results or any other element of the charges against you, explaining your options for obtaining a hardship driver's license, or negotiating a plea that limits the effects on your life, our attorneys will explore every option for an appropriate resolution of your case.

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