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Defense for DUI, OVWI, or OWI Charges in Central Indiana

Drunk driving is a very serious crime in Indiana and one of the most common criminal charges to occur statewide. These offenses are called "operating a vehicle while intoxicated" under IC 9-30-5, or OWI offenses. Those charged and convicted can easily find themselves with their driving privileges restricted, significant fines, and even jail time.

At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our team of experienced litigators has received numerous accolades for our DUI defense services—including for the quality representation we have brought to countless OWI clients. If you or a loved one has been charged, then it is time place your case in trusted hands.

Call us at (317) 857-0160 today to schedule a free case evaluation. Fight your DUI charge today!

OWI Penalties in Indiana

Like many other states, Indiana has a system of OWI penalties that subsequently become more and more severe with repeat offenses. Even a first time charge can have consequences that can turn the life of an otherwise law-abiding citizen upside down.

Please note that if a person is found to be a Habitual Substance Offender (2 separate prior substance offenses), he or she could receive an additional sentence of a minimum of 1 year and up to 8 years in prison. In some situations, convicted individuals may be required to submit to regular urine tests, attend victim impact panels, and have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. To learn more about the penalties you could be facing, it is important that you contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP.

Of course, each situation is unique, and individuals involved in different circumstances could face a variety of different penalties; however, in most cases, the penalties for an intoxicated driving offense may include the following:

First-Time Offender

  • Probation for up to 2 years
  • Fines between $500 and $5,000
  • Jail for between 60 days and 1 year

Second-Time Offender

  • Jail for between 5 days and 2.5 years
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Probation for up to 2.5 years
  • License suspension up to 2 years
  • Class D Felony (or Level 6 Felony) charge

Third-Time Offender

  • License suspension up to 10 years (if determined be a Habitual Traffic Violator)
  • Probation of 2.5 years
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Jail for between 10 days and 2.5 years
  • Class D Felony (or Level 6 Felony) charge

A license suspension is also always a mandatory part of these penalties. Other consequences, like alcohol education, probation, or even the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle may also be applicable. For more specific information on what penalties your OWI charge could yield, call us to speak with a knowledgeable Indianapolis OWI defense attorney today.

Avoid Maximum OWI Penalties

The penalties listed above are maximum penalties—meaning, while they are possible, they can be argued down, minimized, and in some cases, completely dismissed. At our firm, we have developed dynamic and effective defense strategies that give each and every one of our OWI clients the best possible chance at an optimal outcome of their case.

You do not have to resign yourself to receiving maximum penalties. Call an Indianapolis OWI lawyer from Keffer Hirschauer LLP at (317) 857-0160 to start exploring your defense options today.

When you work with our team, we can take the time to fully investigate your case and actively pursue a favorable outcome for you. Consider the following, then contact our offices as soon as possible to learn if we are the right fit for you. We handle each case urgently, and seek the appropriate defense strategy that can help reduce or completely dismiss the charges against you. Choose Keffer Hirschauer LLP today!

We also handle boating while intoxicated (BWI) or boating under the influence (BUI) cases. There may be special considerations that apply to your case.

Haveyou ever wondered if you can get a DUI while riding a bike or scooter? Learn the answer here.

Contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP

Are you ready to move forward with your case? Urgency is of the utmost importance when your life, future and driving privileges are on the line. In order to protect yourself and ensure that your rights are protected, you need to contact a trusted Indianapolis DUI defense lawyer from Keffer Hirschauer LLP right away. Our firm stands ready to aggressively pursue the best possible resolution to each case, and we may be able to help you as well.

If you have questions or concerns about your legal situation, contact an Indianapolis DUI lawyer from Keffer Hirschauer LLP to schedule a free consultation.

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