Felony DUI in Indiana
Trusted South Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights
Typically, a DUI/OWI case in Indiana will be charged as a misdemeanor offense.
This is especially true for
first-time DUI offenders, who can be exposed to numerous misdemeanor penalties before
they are able to move on with their lives. There are some circumstances,
however, in which the state believes that the accused should face felony
penalties for their alleged drunk driving.
In these cases, it is absolutely crucial that the accused driver retain
proven and capable counsel. At
Wruble Law Group, our dedicated South Bend criminal defense attorneys know what a felony
conviction could mean for our clients and their families. That is why
we approach felony cases with aggressive, proven strategies to ensure
that our clients' rights are protected and that the best possible
outcome is assuredly pursued.
You may have options other than just pleading guilty. Contact us to request
a free, no-obligation
case evaluation today.
When Drunk Driving is a Felony
When does the state of Indiana consider DUI/OWI a felony? There are five
different circumstances when this can occur, each representing (to the
state) instances when the accused poses a significant risk to themselves
and others in their community.
Drunk driving is considered a felony in Indiana when:
- The accused is convicted of their second DUI in five years (class D felony)
- The accused is convicted of their third DUI in ten years (class D felony)
- The accused causes serious bodily injury when drunk driving (class D or C felony)
- The accused causes a death when drunk driving (class D felony
- The accused is caught drunk driving with a minor in the vehicle (class
C or B felony)
Penalties for these crimes can vary—but all felony convictions in
Indiana can lead to significant prison time and fines (along with other
DUI penalties, such as license suspension). If you have been charged,
then our team is ready to hear your story and start mounting a comprehensive
defense on your behalf.
Want to get started?
Call us at 574.281.0142 today.