Indianapolis, IN- Getting pulled over for a traffic violation can be a nerve-wracking experience and matters are only going to get worse if an officer suspects you are drunk or impaired. If you have been pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving, there are some things you need to know about the arrest itself and what steps you need to take to minimize the potential consequences you are facing.
One of the most common questions that comes to people’s mind during their stop is: Do I have to submit to field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer?
Indiana, like most states, has an implied consent law which means that when you get your driver’s license, you agree to comply with an officer’s wishes when you are pulled over for any traffic violation. If an officer asks you to submit to field sobriety tests, a breathalyzer or chemical tests, Indiana’s implied consent laws states you must comply with their wishes or face the consequences. The consequences include a mandatory suspension of your driver’s license for at least a year along with other consequences.
Some people refuse sobriety tests because they think a refusal charge is better than an OUI/DUI, but they are taking the risk of being convicted of both an OUI and a refusal. You may be better off by fully complying with an officer’s orders and fighting you OUI charges later in court.
You may spend time in jail.
If you are being charged with an OUI, it is likely that you might spend the night in jail after your arrest. If you are convicted, you could also spend time behind bars. Jail terms for a first OUI conviction in Indiana can be anywhere from 60 days to one year.
An OUI conviction will cost you.
The fines for a first OUI conviction in Indiana range between $500 and $5,000. That is on top of the fees for OUI classes and other OUI programs. Additional costs include legal fees, increased insurance rates and the costs of alternate transportation. It is also possible that a person convicted of an OUI can lose income and income if an individual has difficulties getting back and forth from work. Overall, an OUI conviction can cost an offender several thousand dollars.
Can I get a plea bargain?
Indiana law allows a person to negotiate for a plea bargain of wet reckless which means you can avoid a an OUI conviction by agreeing to a lesser charge. A plea bargain gives you the opportunity to avoid harsher penalties.
If you are facing an OUI, USAttorneys strongly recommends you contact an OUI attorney near your Indiana location help you with your defense. They will use their expertise and skills to provide you with an unassailable defense, so you have a greater chance of avoiding an OUI conviction. The stakes are high with an OUI conviction which is why you need to enlist legal help as soon as possible.