Operating While Intoxicated OWI in Lafayette Indiana
Operating While Intoxicated cases are the most complex criminal cases in Indiana. An extensive morass of legislation, which changes frequently, has been promulgated in response to increased pressure from the federal government, and special interest groups, to increase the penalties for operating while intoxicated.
The successful attorney in these cases must be knowledgeable of the various testing devices utilized, including portable breath test devices, and the most commonly used desktop breath machine in Indiana, the Fuel Cell Breath Test. Attorneys must also be familiar with standardized field sobriety testing procedures, and whether or not the chemical tests or the field sobriety tests, have been conducted in accordance with mandated standards.
Again, there are increasingly severe penalties imposed for subsequent convictions. A second conviction for operating while intoxicated within five years is a Level 6 felony carrying a six month to two and a half year range of penalty. A third conviction for operating while intoxicated can result in a range of penalty between three and one half to ten and a half years in prison.
The license suspensions may also be progressively more serious based on subsequent OWI convictions. A third conviction within ten years carries a ten year habitual violator mandatory license suspension of ten years.
Recently, Indiana introduced Specialized Driving Privileges which provides for limited driving for those with suspended licenses.
I have included an extensive library regarding operating while intoxicated cases which can be located here.
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