Drunk Driving Felonies and Misdemeanors
Many people are confused by the charges they face after allegations of drunk driving, especially if they have never been involved in the criminal justice system before. A single traffic stop can lead to several different charges being filed against you.
At The Law Offices of Matthew D. LaTulip, P.C., we can help explain what these charges mean. We offer free initial consultations with a lawyer at no obligation. To schedule yours, contact us at 888-887-8404.
First Offense DUI
If this is your first offense for DUI, you may face misdemeanor charges for operating your vehicle while intoxicated. OWI is a Class C misdemeanor in Indiana if your blood alcohol content is between .08 and .15. If you blow over .15, you may face a Class A misdemeanor.
You will probably also be charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person. This is also a Class A misdemeanor.
Looking at the Complete Picture to Minimize Consequences
The consequences of a drunk driving conviction can have a significant impact on your life. Prosecutors often threaten jail time, probation, fines, court fees and driver's license suspension. At The Law Offices of Matthew D. LaTulip, P.C., in Merrillville, Indiana, our goal is to minimize these consequences.
To do this, we look at the complete picture. For example, by pleading guilty to a criminal charge stemming from a drunk driving accident, you may be opening yourself up to the possibility of a civil lawsuit filed by an injured driver. If the driver were to win a lawsuit against you, you may face punitive damages that are not covered by your insurance or dischargeable in bankruptcy. This could become a larger problem than the DUI conviction itself.
Felony DUI is usually charged when you are accused of OWI and have a prior OWI conviction within the last five years. It can also be charged if a minor is riding with you in the car. At the Law Offices of Matthew D. LaTulip, we take felony charges seriously and will work to protect your rights and interests.
Attorney Matt D. LaTulip is a fighter who takes every action possible to help his clients get the results they need and deserve.
Initial consultations and case evaluations by Attorney Matt LaTulip are at no obligation. They are confidential and free of charge on any case. To schedule your initial consultation about your first offense or felony DUI charge, call us at 888-887-8404 or complete our secure online contact form.