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A large portion of criminal law cases involve DUIs, OWIs, and other inhibited driving incidents. When you find yourself under arrest for drunk driving in Indiana, contact Webster & Garino LLC. Our knowledgeable criminal lawyers offer advice and expertise that are critical to preserving your freedom after you’re charged with an OWI or DUI.

For nearly 15 years, our DUI attorneys have helped clients navigate the high-stakes environment of Indiana’s criminal justice system to avoid jail time and retain their driving privileges.

Contact Webster & Garino LLC today to speak with a criminal attorney about your OWI/DUI in Westfield, Indiana.

Understanding Your Charges – The Difference Between OWI/DUI/DWI

The terms OWI, DUI, and DWI, are used interchangeably in non-legal scenarios. But when it comes to criminal law proceedings in Indiana, the distinction is important. A seasoned criminal lawyer from Webster & Garino LLC can help you differentiate between each label so that you fully understand your charges in order to develop an efficient legal strategy and reach your desired outcome.

  • OWI – Operating While Intoxicated. This term is the specific offense charged under Indiana law.
  • DUI – Driving Under the Influence. DUI is the term used most often by the general public to identify the criminal charge.
  • DWI – Driving While Intoxicated. Also, used to describe the offense of operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or other controlled substances.

Evidence that could lead to your conviction of an OWI includes if your blood alcohol concentration is at or above the legal limit of 0.08%, or if law enforcement uncovers evidence of other controlled or illegal substances in your system while operating a vehicle.

When it comes to BAC, penalties can increase if your BAC is greater than 0.15% or if you’ve had previous OWI convictions. For example, a first-time offender may only receive a misdemeanor charge if their BAC is above 0.15%, but a repeat offender is more likely to face felony charges.

Other factors such as the circumstances of your arrest can affect your criminal case. That’s why it’s important to seek legal guidance from Webster & Garino LLC to be prepared for every possible outcome.

Types of OWI/DUI Scenarios

We understand that a DUI charge is stressful and impacts not only you but your family as well. At Webster & Garino LLC, our skilled litigators are equipped to handle the circumstances of all OWI/DUI cases, including:

OWI/DUI Involving Accident

One of the most common, but complex, situations is when you’re arrested for OWI due to an accident. The stakes are even higher if the accident has resulted in a serious injury or death. In most cases, this scenario results in a felony charge, and, if convicted, you could spend multiple years incarcerated.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles may also choose to extend the length of your driver’s license suspension. In this scenario, it’s important to contact our experienced OWI/DUI attorneys as soon as possible to ensure the most positive outcome for your future.

OWI/DUI Involving Drugs

OWI laws encompass all types and levels of intoxication, not just alcohol consumption. Driving under the influence of any controlled substance is a criminal offense. If you come into contact with law enforcement officers who suspect an OWI has taken place, but a breath test does not detect alcohol, then you may be legally required to submit a blood sample to test for substances in your system.

Unfortunately, even legally prescribed medications can impair your ability to operate a vehicle. Additionally, blood tests can show evidence of substances in your blood that are from prior use and not currently affecting you at the time of the test.

A DUI lawyer from Webster & Garino LLC can deliver a detailed defense that ensures all evidence presented against you is accurate and shows the full scope of the scenario before any convictions are made.

OWI/DUI Involving Boating

Many people attribute DUIs to driving an automobile, but the law refers to all motor vehicles including boats. If you’re drinking and boating, a law enforcement officer could charge you with Boating While Intoxicated (BWI).

Charges and punishments will differ based on your criminal history and BAC but consulting with a DUI attorney can significantly improve your chances of a successful defense and favorable legal outcome.

OWI/DUI Underage Drinking & Driving

Underage drinking is a crime in itself, but driving under the influence when you are under the age of 21 opens you up to a whole new set of legal issues. While an OWI conviction typically occurs when your BAC is 0.08% or more, that number drops to 0.02% if you are under the legal drinking age.

Indiana has a zero-tolerance policy towards underage drinking and oftentimes schools, universities, and extracurricular programs will also take disciplinary action against minors charged with an OWI.

As a result, you will need a skilled DUI lawyer to assist in your case and help protect your future.

OWI/DUI Field Sobriety Tests

The main evidence used in OWI court proceedings is field sobriety tests. Law enforcement officers conduct these tests at traffic stops and other settings to determine if a vehicle operator is impaired.

Standard field sobriety tests include:

  • Eye Test
  • One-leg-Stand Test
  • Walk-And-Turn Test

These tests are carried out by law enforcement officials, leaving room for possible human error. An officer may not have updated knowledge of the testing procedures or their judgment could be affected by a lack of light at the sight of the traffic stop or even bad weather conditions. Additionally, your performance in these tests could be influenced by uneven surfaces or your normal physical abilities.

When you work with our DUI attorneys at Webster & Garino LLC, we will scrutinize the circumstances and results of these tests in excruciating detail to identify and present any mistakes that could tip the scales of the case back in your favor.

OWI/DUI Breath Test & Blood Draw

The second kind of OWI test is a chemical test. These are conducted out of the field after you’ve failed a field sobriety test. A breath test will detect the presence of alcohol and can provide probable cause for the officer to request you submit to a blood draw or a certified breath test. A blood draw and certified breath test are more accurate and can be used as evidence against you in a court proceeding.

All legal driver’s license holders in Indiana have already consented to chemical testing when they obtain their license, so a refusal to submit to a certified breath test or blood draw will result in the suspension of your driving privileges for 1 year or 2 years, if you have a prior OWI conviction, regardless of the results or the OWI charges/conviction.

Our knowledgeable DUI attorneys at Webster & Garino LLC recommend complying with all chemical testing requests. When the situation allows, our litigators will use our most innovative, proven criminal law tactics to challenge the accuracy of chemical test results to ensure you have the fairest case possible.

No matter the scenario, a DUI lawyer with Webster & Garino LLC is guaranteed to help you achieve the most positive outcome possible for your unique OWI case. Contact our team today for compassionate, unmatched criminal law advice and guidance.

Contact Webster & Garino LLC for Extensive OWI/DUI Services

Experiencing an OWI case can feel isolating, embarrassing, and stressful. But you don’t have to go through it alone. When you work with Webster & Garino LLC, our DUI lawyers will partner with you to ensure you receive the fairest criminal law process possible. We’re sympathetic to your plight and are ready to take action to improve your possible outcomes.

We understand that people make mistakes, which is why our detail-oriented team will go over every aspect of your case in great detail to ensure all arrests, tests, and court proceedings have followed the appropriate legal guidelines and standards.

For nearly 15 years, we’ve proudly served residents of Westfield, Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, and Zionsville, with a comprehensive range of criminal law solutions. Contact Webster & Garino LLC to secure your OWI legal representation today.