If you have been arrested for drunk driving three or four times in the state of Indiana, unfortunately, you know the drill. You know that your first court appearance will be the arraignment. At your arraignment you can plead guilty or not guilty.
What if you decide to fight your DUI case? You will plead not guilty at the arraignment and either find a DUI lawyer to fight your case for you, or if you do not have the means to hire a DUI lawyer, the court may appoint one for you. You will also have to provide evidence of your financial situation, and the court will assess whether or not you will be held in jail or if you can post bail. The court will also set a court date for your drunk driving case.
What do I do after my DUI arraignment?
By now hopefully you have a DUI lawyer and you have met with them and discussed the facts of your Indiana DUI case. Your DUI lawyer will review all the evidence for your case and help you determine if it is best for you to attempt to get a plea bargain or if you can fight the charges at trial.
DUI charges- Felony or Misdemeanor
If you have been arrested for multiple DUIs in Indiana within a ten year period you will be charged with a drunk driving felony. If this is your third OWI conviction in 10 years you will be charged with a Class D Felony and you can expect the following OWI penalties:
- OWI fines up to $10,000
- Jail time from 10 days to three years
- License suspension for one year to 10 years
- Possible mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
- Mandatory 360 hours of community service or other type of DUI restitution outlined by the DUI court
- Mandatory attendance in an alcohol abuse treatment program
- Possible participation in a victim impact panel
- Possible “habitual offender” designation
- Mandatory purchase of SR22 insurance
- Possible probation following your jail term.
Other consideration for multiple OWI arrests in Indiana
Drivers who have been convicted of multiple drunk driving charges in Indiana should also consider whether the courts will determine they are a habitual substance offender. If you have been charged with three or four drunk driving charges the state is likely to decide you have a severe drinking problem. If they determine you are a “habitual substance offender” than you may be imprisoned for an additional one to eight years in jail.
Arrested in another state for drunk driving. How will this affect my Indiana license?
Drivers who are arrested in another state for DUI may think that it will not affect their Indiana driving record, but it will. Indiana is part of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact which is an agreement between the 45 participating states to share information regarding certain types of convictions, including drunk driving convictions. If you are arrested in another state (besides Indiana) it is likely that you will suffer harsh penalties in your home state of Indiana too.
- Indiana – Commercial Drivers and Drunk Driving (duiattorneyhome.com)
- Indiana Operation Pull Over Blitz (duiattorneyhome.com)
- Indiana DUI – Will I lose my license? (duiattorneyhome.com)
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