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Consequences of DUI in Indiana

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An arrest for drunk driving can turn your life upside down. Not only can a full array of criminal punishments and administrative penalties be imposed, but an arrest for drunk driving can also have serious implications for legal, medical and other professional licenses.

If you are convicted of a felony, that mark on your record can follow you around for the rest of your life. In addition to large fines and jail time, a felony conviction could keep you from getting a job or being able to lease an apartment. If you or a loved one are facing DUI charges in Indianapolis, the best thing you can do is contact an experienced, qualified DUI attorney.

Common penalties for driving under the influence include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Required ignition interlock device
  • License suspension

If you use a vehicle to get to work, or if your vehicle is your work, license suspensions associated with drunk driving can be very punitive. In fact, administrative license suspensions for drunk driving in Indiana range from 180 days to two years, to life.

Arrested for drunk driving? To schedule a free consultation with an Indianapolis DUI attorney, call (317) 268-5788 today!

What Happens When You Get Your First OWI in Indiana?

In Indiana, if you are convicted of operating while intoxicated for the first time, you can face serious penalties depending on the circumstances surrounding your case.

Possible penalties for a first time DUI in Indiana include:

  • Class C misdemeanor: punishable by a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, and up to 60 days license suspension
  • Class A misdemeanor: punishable by a $5,000 fine, one year in jail, and up to one-year license suspension
  • Level 6 felony: punishable by up to a $10,000 fine, six months to two and one-half years in jail, and six months to two and one-half years license suspension

Should I Fight a DUI?

Sometimes, it feels as though the public takes the attitude that everybody gets a DUI eventually, it's no big deal. This is simply not the truth. DUI convictions can be deceptively costly even years after you are first charged.

A first time DUI can end up costing you:

  • At least $1,000 after fees
  • Serious increases in driver's insurance
  • A mark on your record.

If you are facing DUI charges, it is your right to fight to keep your record as clean as possible. While one DUI may not seem like a big deal, it leaves you vulnerable to serious consequences if you have any more lapses in judgment later on. A second DUI could result in a felony conviction, which could mean years of jail time and potential fines of over $10,000.

DUI Defense Strategies in Indiana

At the Law Office of John Alt, I have represented hundreds of individuals charged with drunk driving offenses, and I am not afraid to litigate a case to trial. If you are charged with OWI/DUI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated/driving under the influence), it is imperative you immediately contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney like me.

Based on the unique facts of your case, I can challenge the legality of your OWI/DUI arrest on one or more legal grounds, including:

  • Did the police have a legal basis to stop your vehicle?
  • Did the police have sufficient probable cause to suspect you were drunk?
  • Did the police have probable cause to arrest you for OWI?
  • Was the alcohol concentration test (breath, blood or urine) accurate?
  • Did the police improperly consider your conduct a refusal to test?

​​​​​​In addition to challenging your drunk driving case in criminal court, I can help you challenge the administrative revocation of your driver's license. As an experienced Indianapolis DUI Attorney, I can also help you get a probationary license so you can drive again.

Even a Minor Traffic Offense Case Deserves a DUI Lawyer

Were you pulled over in your vehicle for no legitimate reason? Did your vehicle really have a taillight that wasn't working? Maybe you suspect racial profiling. Although it is sad to think, profiling and discrimination by police still occur in this day and age, it is a fact of life. Often these trumped-up allegations have no basis in law or fact, and are merely a means to punish upstanding folks who work hard to make a living for their families.

These specious traffic offenses often result in license suspension or revocation. At the Law Office of John Alt, I understand that a valid license is often vital to securing and maintaining valid employment. For many Indiana families, the loss of a valid driver's license jeopardizes their ability to put food on the table.

What the Law Office of John Alt Can Do for You:

  • If you are charged with a traffic offense, I will review your driving record to see what must be done for you to secure valid driving privileges.
  • Depending on your unique situation, I may be able to secure specialized driving privileges or have license reinstatement fees waived by the court.

If your license is suspended, it is important to take action. Too many people with repeat DUI or traffic offenses fail to clear up their licenses and end up being declared a habitual traffic violator (HTV). Driving as an HTV can result in a lifetime suspension of your driver's license and imprisonment for up to six years.

For experienced DUI defense in Indianapolis, contact me at (317) 268-5788 for a free consultation. As an Indianapolis DUI lawyer, I am committed to providing you with the counsel you need.

Brave Enough to Fight for You

Why Hire the Law Office of John Alt?
  • Over 20 Years of Experience

    Attorney Alt has came, saw, and conquered the most complex criminal matters you can think of.

  • Tough as Nails Defense

    Facing legal giants fearlessly is how we beat them. Attorney Alt holds his own when handling a case.

  • Not Intimidated by Court

    We refuse to be outmaneuvered, out-hustled, or outworked by the prosecutor or opposing counsel.

  • We Get the Job Done

    A firm with a proven track record for results is most qualified to handle your case. We fit the description.