During the holiday season and especially over the New Year’s Eve holiday time, people in Indiana hear a lot about drunk driving. Public awareness campaigns promote finding alternate ways of getting to and from holiday celebrations versus driving one’s own vehicle. These campaigns make sense, but the fact of the matter is that a person may be arrested for an operating while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence offense in Indiana at any time of the year.

At the Fifer Law Office, we make it our priority to support the rights of defendants who have been accused of these types of charges. If you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense at any time, you will want to understand some of the potential penalties associated with the offense.

Indiana cracks down hard on people convicted of drunk driving charges. After even a first drunk driving offense, you might lose the right to drive for up to 24 months. In some cases, your license suspension may be reduced to 30 days followed by a period of 180 days – nearly six months – in which you can only drive to and from work. You might need to participate in substance abuse classes and abide by other terms of a probation sentence as well.

If you would like to learn more about your rights to protect and defend yourself after you have been arrested for and charged with an OWI, DUI or DWI offense, please feel free to visit the drunk driving defendant’s page of our Indiana criminal defense website.