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
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.
Whether your legal issue involves
divorce, child custody, child support,
DUI, Hollingsworth & Zivitz is committed to the highest standards of creativity
and excellence for our clients as our number one priority. To speak with
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