In Indianapolis, DUI, DWI, OVI all mean the same thing – drunk driving. If you are arrested and charged in Indianapolis with a DUI, you will have issues with the law that will require effective and professional legal representation.
Any driver that is stopped and arrested for DUI for the first time will face a license suspension ranging from 90 days up to a maximum of two years, fines up to $500 if your BAC level was between .08 and .14, and an additional $5000 in fines if your BAC level was above .14, jail time or community service, and required alcohol and/or drug assessment.
These are the court-ordered penalties you would be facing if you are found guilty of a DUI, not to mention the other consequences you could face, such as losing your job.
One of the most important aspects for our clients after a DUI arrest is being able to drive as soon as possible. In Indianapolis, once you are arrested for DUI, your license will be suspended. This is referred to as a Summary Administrative Suspension.
In order to get you back on the road, we will ask the following of the Judge:
- Within 10 days of your arrest, we will file an appeal with the Indiana BMV in order to challenge the initial license suspension you will receive for either failing or refusing a chemical test; OR
- Request a Hardship License, which will allow you to drive for work or educational purposes, as well as for medical and/or court-ordered treatment.
What the Judge decides to do depends on the facts of your case and when happened the night of your arrest. If you have never been previously arrested for DUI and were cooperative with the arresting officer, chances are good you will be eligible for a Hardship License after 30 days. If you have prior DUI convictions and were combative or uncooperative during your arrest, we will have to use more creative approached in order to obtain a Hardship License.
We have more detailed information located under the Driving Privileges section.