What is a DUI?
Driving under the influence, DUI, is the crime or offense of driving or operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs, prescription medications included. The level of impairment is to a level that causes the driver to be incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle. In Indiana, a DUI is formally called an OWI, though, it is commonly referred to as a DUI. Currently, the federal legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08%, though in some states, Indiana included, may pursue DUI charges, depending on the driver’s age, when the driver has a BAC level of 0.01%. A DUI charge can be devastating. However, there are several ways that a potential DUI charge can actually be reduced to a less harsh moving violation.
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What is the Evidence Around the DUI Charge?
If at all possible, make it a point to record or write down every aspect that you can about the traffic stop as soon as possible. Fortunately, in today’s age, dash cam footage and statements from eyewitnesses can prove to be helpful. If (un)fortunately there is evidence that may indicate police violated your rights, the evidence they gathered may not be treated as admissible in court. When a case lacks sufficient evidence, district attorneys are much more willing to negotiate with DUI lawyers to reduce the charges, if not drop the DUI case altogether.
Compliance During the DUI Arrest
The consequences of a DUI charge can be harsh. There are certain things that can occur that can cause you to face something more serious than a DUI charge. The activities that can lead to additional charges being filed include:
- Fleeing the scene
- Resisting arrest
- Arguing with the police
State prosecutors are much less inclined to negotiate with those individuals who do not appear to respect the judicial system. Additionally, there are suspects who already have a criminal record are also afforded fewer opportunities should they end up on the wrong side of the law. In other words, it’s wise to fight every ticket and traffic offense that comes your way so your record is as clean as possible should you ever get charged with a DUI.
A DUI Lawyer on Your Side
A seasoned DUI lawyer will be your voice during every stage of the legal process. As an example, your legal team will not let law enforcement personnel violate your rights or get away with having done so during the initial altercation and arrest. Also, they will handle all forms of correspondence with the prosecutor. And of course, they will know how to gather sufficient evidence to help in proving your innocence or at least challenge any evidence of guilt. Although no reputable firm will never guarantee anything, hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney can help you secure the most favorable outcome possible, often including negotiating for less stiff charges.
The Bottom Line. A DUI Charge Can Be Reduced.
Being arrested for and subsequently charged with suspicion of a DUI, is not the end of the road. If you are wondering how to get a charge reduced, give our office a call at 317-500-4857 for a free consultation we are here and ready to help beat your DUI charge!