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Consequences of an OWI in Indiana

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated carries serious criminal penalties in Indiana. Convicted individuals often experience personal consequences as well.

Understanding the ramifications of an OWI can help you navigate the legal system when facing this type of charge.

Criminal penalties

The court can order fines, probation, mandatory alcohol education programs and even imprisonment for OWI offenders. Penalties increase if you have multiple OWIs or registered a very high blood alcohol concentration at the scene.

Loss of driving privileges

OWI offenders face license suspension or revocation, limiting their ability to drive legally. The length of the suspension varies based on prior convictions and the circumstances of the offense. In certain cases, Indiana allows the court to impound your vehicle after an OWI.

Ignition interlock device

The judge may require you to install an ignition interlock device. An IID requires you to pass a breath test before starting the car. The presence of an IID creates an additional inconvenience and expense.

High-risk insurance

Insurance companies can classify you as high-risk after an OWI. You will have to pay increased policy premiums to maintain auto coverage, which can be prohibitively expensive.

Employment consequences

A drunk driving conviction can have repercussions in the workplace. You could lose your job if it involves driving or responsibilities requiring a clean record. An OWI may also limit your future employment opportunities.

Social and personal impact

Beyond legal consequences, a drunk driving conviction can profoundly impact your personal and social life. It can strain relationships, damage your reputation and lead to guilt and remorse. The social stigma associated can persist long after serving any legal penalties.

Probation requirements

The court may place you on probation, which comes with its own set of requirements. This may include regular check-ins with a probation, mandatory counseling or treatment programs and adherence to specific probationary conditions.

Indiana State Police prosecuted nearly 2,800 OWI cases in 2022 alone. The consequences of a conviction extend beyond legal penalties. Knowing what to expect informs smart decisions when attending court for an OWI.