More than any other type of criminal charge, drunk driving seems to know no cultural barriers. People from all walks of life have either made the mistake of driving under the influence of alcohol or have been falsely charged of drunk driving.
I am experienced in handling driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVWI) cases in Indiana, from the side of the defendant and the prosecutor.
Two drunk driving convictions within five years can be prosecuted as a felony. Multiple drunk driving convictions can also bring a claim as a habitual vehicle substance offender (HVSO), which could enhance your sentence and increase potential jail time and other fines and penalties.
With my experience as a criminal defense experience as a prosecutor and public defender, I have seen both sides of these cases and can help defend you against DUI, OWI and OVWI charges.
Indiana, like many other states, is an "implied consent" state. According to Indiana law, every driver, by the act of getting into a car and driving, is consenting to submit to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test. If an officer pulls you over with reasonable cause to believe you are intoxicated, you are legally obligated to submit to a breath or blood test. Refusal to submit to this testing will result in a longer suspension of your driver's license, and may make you unable to get specialize driving privileges.
Another important aspect of drunk driving in Indiana is the administrative process with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). After being stopped for DUI, your license can be suspended by the BMV. There are different options available to help you hang onto your license, have it suspended for less time, be able to use your license for limited purposes, or get your license back.
I, Elizabeth Toole, am a Fort Wayne DUI and OWI lawyer who offers free initial consultations. Call Toole Law Offices at 260-428-2219, or contact me online.