Driving with your abilities impaired by drugs or alcohol is against the law in all 50 states. Indiana refers to this offense as operating while intoxicated (OWI), while many other states call this charge driving under the influence (DUI). While some people assume that OWI charges are not that serious as far as criminal charges go, this is not the case. In reality, an OWI conviction can have serious and lasting consequences.
If you are arrested on suspicion of OWI, your first call should be to our Dyer drunk driving attorneys at the law firm of Arshad, Pangere & Warring. We have defended the rights of many clients in OWI cases, and we can present the strongest defense possible in your case.
Police officers cannot simply pull over any vehicle they want to. Instead, they must have a reasonable suspicion that a driver has violated the law, which can mean any traffic law, including speeding, failing to signal, and more. Some OWI stops happen because the officer witnesses erratic driving, but others stem from seemingly minor traffic violations, and then can result in an arrest if an officer suspects a driver is intoxicated.
In many cases, a prosecutor will base OWI charges on a breath or blood test that indicates a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. However, this is not necessary, as prosecutors can also prove OWI charges by presenting other evidence of impairment, such as an officer’s observations of slurred speech, the odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, or other common signs.
While a first-time OWI is a misdemeanor charge (without aggravating circumstances), there can still be harsh penalties for a conviction, including:
There are different ways to defend against OWI charges, including:
In many cases, a defense lawyer can reach a plea deal with the prosecutor, which can prevent jail time and minimize other consequences. You should never plead guilty to OWI charges without first discussing the matter with a skilled defense attorney, as this can result in unnecessarily harsh consequences.
A drunk driving case can impact your finances, your job, and your family life for a long time. You should always want a Dyer drunk driving attorney who will aggressively defend you and your rights. Contact us at Arshad, Pangere & Warring for help today.
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