Indiana DUI Attorney
OWI Defense in Lake County & Porter County
Whether you are arrested for drinking or using drugs while driving, you need an experienced DUI lawyer in Porter County.
Call the Law Office of Adam Tavitas for trusted legal representation from an attorney with more than 20 years of experience. I have successfully handled DUI/OWI cases for many clients, including misdemeanor and felony charges.
Call (219) 245-2655 now or contact us online for an experienced lawyer to help you fight for your rights. I meet with clients at my Chesterton office, my Highland office by appointment, and can travel to you.
Understanding Indiana Law
The state of Indiana refers to DUI as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), although many people still use DUI. If you or a loved one has been accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you need an experienced DUI attorney in Porter County to help you understand the law in Indiana and navigate the legal process.
In Indiana, motorists are prohibited from operating a vehicle with:
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher
- A BAC of .02% or higher, if under the age of 21
- Any amount of a controlled substance listed on schedule I or schedule II
- Intoxication with alcohol or drugs
The penalties for an OWI conviction depend on the circumstances of the case, level of intoxication, and whether there are any prior convictions.
Penalties may include:
- Up to 60 days in jail
- Fines of up to $500
- Installation of an ignition interlock device for up to 60 days.
If you have a BAC of .15% or more, you could face up to a year of jail and fines of up to $5,000. Any conviction remains on your record permanently can be expunged after 7 years. Additionally, convictions stay on your driving record for 10 years.
If there are prior convictions within the past five years, the charge is elevated to a felony. If it is a Level 6 Felony, you could face up to 2.5 years in jail, a $10,000 fine, and 360 hours of community service.
Preparing Your Defense
I provide an honest assessment of each case and explain what you can expect. In OWI/DUI cases, it can be extremely difficult to have charges dismissed, especially if there is strong evidence to prove the charge.
I examine all aspects of the case to find the best strategy for each client, including exploring the possibility of having the charges reduced from OWI to possibly a reckless driving, public intoxication or even a dismissal.
Get started by contacting us at (219) 245-2655 to arrange your free consultation!