Indiana takes drunk driving seriously. The state metes out stiff penalties for those who are convicted, so it is perfectly understandable to be scared of what comes next after an arrest. At our firm, we receive phone calls from many people who are worried that they will lose their licenses and have to spend months in jail.
It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while impaired. Perhaps the easiest way to show impairment is if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at 0.08 or higher, as measured with a breath or blood test.
You can also be convicted of DUI regardless of your BAC if the state can show that you were actually impaired by drugs or alcohol. For example, a police officer might have seen you weaving in and out of lanes, and your breath might stink of alcohol when the officer talks to you.
If you refuse to take a breath test, then your license will be suspended for a year. If you take the breath test and have a BAC of 0.08 or higher, your license will be automatically suspended for at least 30 days.
Other penalties will depend on whether this is your first or a subsequent offense. A first offense will net you:
If you are convicted of a second offense, the penalties increase:
Penalties only increase with each subsequent conviction.
Each case is different. Unlike other law firms, we do not use off-the-rack defense approaches for every client who walks in our door. Instead, we carefully analyze the facts of your case to raise the best defenses that are supported by the circumstances.
In some cases, we will argue the following:
In other cases, the strongest defense might be to point out that you have no criminal history and deserve a lenient sentence.
Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock, P.C., is a prominent criminal defense law firm in Indiana, which has helped many people beat back a DUI charge. If you have been picked up and booked, please contact us. We can begin right away working on your defense.