Operating While Intoxicated OffensesCriminal Law
Operating while intoxicated offenses include a range of crimes commonly referred to as DUIs. Indiana criminalizes the operation of a motor vehicle while a person is intoxicated. The intoxication can be based on alcohol use, drug use (whether illegal or prescription) or some combination of substances.
Perhaps the most painful penalty of an arrest for operating while intoxicated is the license suspension. If you operate a vehicle upon Indiana roads you have impliedly consented to taking a certified chemical test when asked by law enforcement. A certified chemical test can be either a breath test, blood test or a urine test. If you refuse any certified chemical test offered by law enforcement your license will be suspended for one year. If you fail a chemical test (for example your blood alcohol level is shown to be at or above .08) your license will be suspended for a period of one hundred and eighty days.
There are ways to shorten the length of the suspension and/or apply for specialized driving privileges which allow a person to drive for certain purposes including employment.
Our attorneys at Garrison Law Firm will help minimize the consequences if you’ve been arrested for operating while intoxicated.
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