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Additionally, if your BAC is 0.15 or greater penalties are increased:
If your 1st OWI conviction results in a person’s death the penalties include:
Penalties for a 2nd OWI conviction, within 5 years of the first, include the following:
If the 2nd OWI, within the 5 years, seriously injures another person the penalties are increased:
If your 2nd OWI conviction results in a person’s death the penalties are increased:
Penalties for a 3rd OWI conviction include the following:
Other possible penalties for a drunk driving conviction in Indiana include:
· Substance Abuse Education Course,
· Ignition Interlock Device installed on your car,
· Attend a victim impact panel,
· Submission to urine testing for drugs and alcohol, and
· Other terms of probation.
Field sobriety tests, "FSTs", are ways in which the police officer can establish probable cause to arrest you and offer an approved test. You must take every approved blood, breath or urine test offered to you within a 3 hour period after you were operating a vehicle in order to comply with the Indiana Implied Consent Law. But you are not required to take any field sobriety tests.
You are free to respectfully decline to take any field sobriety tests, including the PBT (portable or preliminary breath test). If in doubt, ask the officer whether the test is one required by the implied consent law. Be very careful; because FSTs are not "testimonial", they are not considered self incriminating, and can be used against you even if you are not given the Miranda warning.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified drunk driving lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local drunk driving attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.