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In Indiana, the legal abbreviation for drunk driving offenses is “OWI” which mean "Operating While Intoxicated", which is the same as the more commonly known and used term “DUI” or "Driving Under the Influence." All of these terms refer to the offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Intoxication can refer not only to alcohol intoxication, but also to various other intoxicating substances including both legal and illegal narcotics.
Indiana Code § 9-30-5-1 defines DUI / OWI based on blood alcohol content (BAC):
Under certain circumstances, a DUI / OWI, even a first offense, can be treated far more seriously and rise to a Felony 6. These circumstances occur if the driver:
A person who is charged with at least a second DUI and has been convicted of a DUI in the last seven years may be charged with a Level 6 felony and face six months to two and one half years’ imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. This can increase to a Level 5 felony if the previous conviction caused death, catastrophic injury, or serious bodily injury.
Any drivers under the age of 21 with blood alcohol content over 0.02 are driving under the influence, punishable as a Class C misdemeanor with up to sixty (60) days in jail under Indiana Code § 9-30-5-8.5. Additionally, the driver may have their driving privileges suspended for up to one year.
If you are charged with driving or operating under the influence, our DUI attorneys will provide guidance throughout the entire process and ensure that the matter is resolved. At Robbins and Seville, LLC, each DUI lawyer recognizes the potential consequences that you face and will fight to reach the best possible outcome for you.
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