Indiana DUI Defense Attorney
Getting pulled over is stressful for most people. Talking to the police, when you don’t know much about the law or your rights, is often uncomfortable. But if the officer determines you are driving under the influence (DUI), suddenly you are arrested and are more vulnerable than ever. You’re probably embarrassed, dreading having to tell your family and friends, wondering if you’re facing jail time – and knowing that a criminal conviction means a permanent mark on your record.
The New Albany, Indiana, DUI defense lawyers at McNeely Stephenson understand that being charged with DUI is a serious matter and are ready to provide you with the strongest defense possible. We know that everyone makes mistakes, and we have helped many people charged with driving under the influence get their lives back in order. It all starts with an evaluation of the circumstances surrounding the appropriateness of the traffic stop. Police officers are required to follow a set of rules that the average person may not recognize as having been disregarded. That’s why it’s essential to have a knowledgeable attorney who can identify when law enforcement didn’t quite stick to protocol, from the moment the officer noticed you on the road to the time you were booked. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today by calling 812-725-8224 or by filling out our online form.
Also known as operating while intoxicated (OWI), a drunk driving charge can happen surprisingly easily. You can be pulled over for something as minor as not using turn signals to change lanes or for having a broken tail light. If you have had an alcoholic beverage or two, the situation can evolve into an arrest for suspicion of being impaired.
Once you get over the initial shock of being arrested for DUI, your mind might start swimming with questions.
- How accurate are breathalyzers?
- What about blood tests?
- Will I go to jail?
- Is there video evidence or an eyewitness?
- How much is this all going to cost?
- What’s going to happen when I go to court?
- What will I do if my license is suspended?
The uncertainty is often overwhelming, which is why talking with an attorney as soon as possible after you have been charged is so important.
In Indiana alone, almost 15,000 arrests for driving under the influence were made in 2014. Once a traffic stop is made, the most well-known method for determining whether the driver is intoxicated is the Breathalyzer test. This device measures blood alcohol content (BAC). Anything above 0.08 percent is considered legal intoxication. Under Indiana’s implied consent law, if you refuse to submit to a chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine when requested by a police officer who has probable cause to believe you were driving under the influence of alcohol, you can be fined and your license can be suspended for a year. The refusal can also be used at trial as evidence that you knew you were intoxicated.
The penalties vary, based on whether the offense is charged as a Class A misdemeanor or a Class C misdemeanor, and they are much stricter for every subsequent time you are arrested and convicted of DUI. For your first offense, absent any aggravating circumstances, it may be possible to secure a lower fine and probation rather than imprisonment. Options include community service and alcohol education classes, as well as a probationary driver’s license rather than a total suspension.
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The IN OWI defense lawyers at McNeely Stephenson have the skills and experience needed to ensure that clients get the effective representation that they deserve. From steep fines to long prison terms, the potential penalties if convicted of a DUI charge are significant. The conviction will also go on your criminal record and can cause issues down the road with employers, landlords, financial institutions, and schools that perform a criminal record check as part of their application process.
It’s important to remember that an accusation is not the same as a conviction, and there are many ways our Indiana driving while intoxicated defense attorneys can help. We know how the Indiana criminal justice system operates and how to use the unique circumstances of each case to develop a thorough defense strategy that takes advantage of every opportunity for case dismissal, reduction of charges, reduction of sentences, and alternatives to imprisonment. If you have been accused of or arrested in Indiana for driving while impaired, let us plan the aggressive defense that you will need. To get more information and explore your options, contact McNeely Stephenson today by calling 812-725-8224 or by filling out our online form. The initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose. Whatever the specifics of your case, we will be relentless in fighting for you.