Fighting for You in Allen County, Whitley County & DeKalb County
Watkins Law Firm focuses much of its practice on defending clients of all types of misdemeanor and felony OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) cases. These cases can include driving while intoxicated from alcohol, controlled substances, or a combination of both. Our attorney is extremely well-trained in the mechanics of alcohol and drug testing as well as all other aspects of an OWI arrest, from probable cause to police procedure and more.
If you have been arrested for drugged driving in or around Fort Wayne, you need an attorney who understands how to create a viable defense. This can be done through a detailed investigation of your arrest and the evidence behind it, including an examination of one of the most critical factors, the breath, blood, or urine testing. Our Fort Wayne OWI drug intoxication attorney is trained and experienced in this matter; he regularly attends advanced education on the scientific and chemical aspect of OWI charges, and has used this leading-edge knowledge on behalf of clients.
Arrange for a free initial consultation with our Fort Wayne DUI/OUI drug intoxication attorney through our online contact form or by calling (260) 908-9898.
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated by drugs can be charged as a Class C or Class A misdemeanor in Indiana.
Under IC 9-30-5-2, you can be charged with drug intoxication driving if you are under the influence of “alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug other than alcohol or a controlled substance, or a combination of these.” When ingesting these substances so that it leads to impaired thought and action and the loss of the normal control of your faculties, you can be arrested and charged with a Class C misdemeanor. This carries criminal penalties of up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. You will also face a license suspension of up to 180 days.
If you endangered someone by operating your vehicle while intoxicated by drugs, you will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This carries up to a year in jail as well as a fine and potential license suspension.
If you were driving with a minor under the age of 18 and operated your vehicle while intoxicated in such a way as to endanger others, you can be charged with a Level 6 felony. Level 6 felonies carry six months up to a two and one-half years in prison with an “advisory” sentence of one year. You may also face a fine of up to $10,000. Advisory sentences are guidelines for the courts to follow when sentencing you upon a conviction.
Fighting Drugged Driving Charges
Various strategies exist for fighting drug intoxication DUI. These are designed to help you avoid or minimize the consequences of jail time, fines, and the negative effects of a DUI conviction. Many aspects of your arrest can be investigated and called into question.
These can include:
- How drug testing was conducted
- Why you were stopped in the first place
- The potential inaccuracy of sobriety tests
- The questionable testimony of law enforcement
- Medical factors that could have affected you at the time of your arrest
The Watkins Law Firm is well-versed in how and what to investigate so that the validity of DUI charges can be called into doubt. Our Fort Wayne drug intoxication defense attorney has built a solid reputation for highly-professional legal service against all types of DUI/OUI charges in the state.
Book your complimentary initial consultation by contacting us online or at (260) 908-9898 today.
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