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I Was Charged With a DUI, Will I Lose My Drivers License?

In 2019 alone, over 8,000 individuals were arrested for a DUI charge in Indiana.  A DUI is not an uncommon case in an Indiana court system. Though common, it’s important to have a dedicated attorney to guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected.  At Arshad, Pangere & Warring LLP., we’re here to help individuals charged with a DUI build a strong defense.

What Are the Consequences of a DUI?

Individuals charged with a DUI can face several consequences, especially if it’s not their first offense. Here are some common decisions that a court may make regarding charges for a DUI:

  • Jail Time

Individuals charged with a DUI could face up to two months in jail or longer depending on their BAC, also known as blood alcohol content, at the time of their sobriety test.  

  • Fines

Fines will vary depending on the severity of the crime but could be up to $10,000. For example, if a DUI resulted in the death of an individual or serious property damage occurred, the fines will increase significantly. 

  • Required Alcohol Abuse Courses

As an alternative to jail time and fines, or in addition to this, an individual charged with a DUI may be required to take a substance/alcohol abuse course. This is often provided as an option for first-time offenders, though this is not always the case. 

Will I Lose My Drivers License?

Drivers who receive a DUI in Indiana may have their license suspended, but our team may be able to help you retain your driving privileges. If an individual agrees to having a sobriety test conducted by law enforcement, they can expect their license to be suspended for at least 180 days. However, if an individual refuses the sobriety test, this time could increase significantly, even up to one year. This suspension changes to two years for individuals previously charged with a DUI who refuse a sobriety test. The court may grant certain restricted driving privileges to individuals as they see fit.

Law enforcement has the right to confiscate your driver’s license during the arrest; however, this doesn’t mean it is automatically suspended. Typically, it takes ten days after an arrest for a license to be suspended. During this timeframe, an individual can receive a license at the BMV for identification purposes. However, if an individual refuses a sobriety test, their license will automatically be suspended. 

How Can an Attorney Help?

At Arshad, Pangere & Warring LLP, our attorneys can help you if you’ve been charged with a DUI. We will work to minimize the damage caused by a DUI and work through any penalties. We will advocate for your rights and ensure that you are well-informed throughout the process. 

A Trusted Attorney Can Help You Today

Contact us today if you have questions about your DUI charge in Indiana. Our attorneys are here to help you secure your future after a DUI. 

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