Drunk Driving Offenses in Indiana

Counsel from a Dedicated Indianapolis OWI Defense Lawyer

Drunk driving is a very serious crime in Indiana and one of 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 Barnhart LLP, our team of experienced litigators has received numerous accolades for our criminal 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 Keffer Barnhart LLP today to schedule a free case evaluation.

OWI Penalties

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.

OWI penalties in Indiana can include:

  • First offense: Up to one year in jail and $5000 in fines
  • Second offense: Up to three years in jail and $10,000 in fines
  • Third offense: Up to three years in jail and $10,000 in fines

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 OWI penalties. Call us at Keffer Barnhart LLP to start exploring your OWI defense options today.

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