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Indiana OWI DUI Laws

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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in Indiana is 0.08% per se
(effective from July 1st 2001)

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Indiana Drunk Driving Laws

Indiana DUI laws are known as OWI laws (operating while intoxicated)

(If you’ve been charged with Indiana OWI, the law allows 10 days for your Indiana OWI Lawyer to make a request for an Indiana BMV (Bureau of Motor Vehicles) administrative hearing to save your driving license)

Indiana is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact
An agreement between participating states to share information regarding certain types of convictions including DUI - DWI and related Drunk Driving offenses. If a resident of one state gets convicted of a drunk driving offense in another state, the driver's home state will be notified. The type of action that the driver's home state will take will vary from state to state.

Indiana DUI OWI Laws and BAC limits

DUI is more commonly known as OWI (operating while intoxicated) in Indiana.

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of Indiana it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04%
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.04% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.01%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.01% or above.

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Indiana and implied consent laws are enforced.

!! CAUTION - Driving Ability Impaired !!

You can be prosecuted in Indiana without driving while you are over the legal prescribed bac limit.

Under Indiana law, it is unlawful to drive with a BAC limit above the per se laws OR to drive while impaired under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Under this law the prosecution must show that the driver was IMPAIRED by alcohol and/or drugs. The level of impairment is usually based on observations and evidence of driving ability (or rather inability), physical appearance, field sobriety tests and any other relevant evidence which can help prove a persons driving ability was indeed impaired. Different amounts of alcohol can affect people in different ways, what may impair one persons driving ability and make them feel drunk, might not necessarily impair another persons driving ability.

Observations from a law enforcement officer that may lead to being stopped and arrested include:

  • Making a turn too widely or narrowly
  • Using two lanes, straddling the center line
  • Almost hitting someone or something
  • Weaving or drifting from one side of the road to another
  • Driving too slowly and being overly cautious
  • Driving too close to vehicle in front
  • Driving ON the center lines
  • Erratic braking
  • Swerving to correct course of vehicle

You can be charged with an offence regardless of your BAC level, as long as impairment can be proved to the legal extent necessary.

A skilled drunk driving attorney can help you defend any charges against you

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Penalties for OWI - Drunk Driving in Indiana

Indiana is a state with a five-year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.

ENHANCED PENALTIES
Enhanced penalties exist for OWI under certain circumstances. These circumstances include:

1) OWI with a passenger under the age of 18 (Class D Felony)
2) OWI causing bodily injury to another person (Class D Felony)
3) OWI causing death to another person (Class C Felony)
4) OWI with BAC 0.15 or greater (Class A Misdemeanor)


First OWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - CLASS C OR A MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first OWI - drunk driving conviction in Indiana:

  • Fine: up to $500 fine [up to $5,000 if BAC 0.15 or above]
  • Jail: 30 to 60 days in jail [up to 1 year if BAC 0.15 or above]
  • License Suspension: 90 days to 2 years drivers license suspension (after 30 days the court may stay execution of suspension and grant probationary restricted driving privileges either with or without an ignition interlock for 180 days instead)
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period not to exceed the maximum term of imprisonment the court could have imposed
  • possible alcohol/drug abuse assessment and appropriate treatment
  • may be required to attend a victim impact panel
  • Indiana SR22 insurance requirement

Second OWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Class D Felony

The penalty for a second OWI - drunk driving conviction in Indiana:

  • Fine: up to $10,000 fine
  • Jail: between 5 days and 3 years in jail
  • License Suspension: 180 days to 2 years drivers license suspension (probationary ignition interlock restricted driving privileges may be available after 180 days suspension)
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period not to exceed the maximum term of imprisonment the court could have imposed
  • mandatory 180 hours community service or restitution
  • possible alcohol/drug abuse assessment and appropriate treatment
  • may be required to attend a victim impact panel
  • Indiana SR22 insurance requirement

Third OWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Class D felony

The penalty for a third OWI - drunk driving conviction in Indiana:

  • Fine: up to $10,000 fine
  • Jail: 10 days to 3 years in jail
  • License Suspension: minimum 1 year to 10 years drivers license suspension
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period not to exceed the maximum term of imprisonment the court could have imposed
  • mandatory 360 hours community service or restitution
  • alcohol/drug abuse assessment and appropriate treatment
  • may be required to attend a victim impact panel
  • may be declared as habitual traffic violator
  • Indiana SR22 insurance requirement

If you are charged and sentenced as a habitual substance offender, you may be imprisoned for an additional 1 to 8 years in jail.


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Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Indiana and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in Indiana

In Indiana, if the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine, their drivers license will be suspended/revoked.

In addition to any other penalty imposed, the court shall suspend the person's driving privileges:

FIRST CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL

SECOND (AND SUBSEQUENT) Chemical Test REFUSALS

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Indiana SR22 insurance (High RIsk auto Insurance)

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Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of Indiana

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of Indiana for private passenger vehicles is (25/50/10). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $25,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $50,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $10,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

Each newly written Indiana auto liability policy must include uninsured and underinsured motorist’s coverage unless you reject this in writing.

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the Indiana drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local Indiana DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

Useful Indiana OWI Links:

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Indiana Department of Transportation

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Latest Indiana OWI News

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