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Trucker might face drunk driving charges after crash

Indiana drivers are undoubtedly aware that law enforcement is always on the lookout for drivers who might be under the influence. While many of these drunk driving charges stem from a traffic stop after the officer saw the driver make a questionable maneuver in the vehicle or at a checkpoint, some arrests come after a relatively nondescript incident that is initially believed to have simply been an accident. That does not lessen the charges. If it is a commercial driver who is arrested, the problems are compounded because it can affect the person's employment.

Holiday enforcement could lead to more drunk driving charges

Thanksgiving in Indiana may have passed, but the holiday season is still in progress in the state and across the nation. With that comes an increase in law enforcement vigilance in attempting to tamp down on the number of drivers on the road who are under the influence. While this is undoubtedly a worthwhile endeavor, the number of people who are arrested on drunk driving charges is often related to the perception on the part of officers that they were under the influence. The reality is that some of the arrests might not be conducted according to the law and the evidence could be called into question.

Indianapolis Colts consultant arrested for drunk driving

Indiana residents who are stopped by law enforcement on suspicion of driving under the influence should be aware of the various rules for blood-alcohol content level and what warrants an arrest. Although the BAC level is generally required to be .08 or above for the officer to arrest the driver, law enforcement still has certain discretion when they determine whether to make an arrest. However, if the driver is arrested for drunk driving, a BAC level that is recorded below the legal limit can leave a significant amount of wiggle room to lodge a strong defense. This is something that can be accomplished with the help of a qualified DUI lawyer.

Man arrested for drunk driving, hitting child after football game

There is an unfortunately dangerous link between sporting events, alcohol consumption and Indiana drivers operating their vehicles under the influence. A previous post delved into this relationship. People who go to these games are often excited and many are younger, adding inexperience and recklessness into the risky mix of drinking and driving. This will often lead to accidents. When there is a crash, there can be injuries and fatalities. If the driver was under the influence, that will spark drunk driving charges with the accompanying penalties. Having a lawyer to provide guidance after drunk driving charges is imperative no matter the situation.

Local political figure arrested on drunk driving charges

Being arrested on drunk driving charges can happen to anyone in Indiana regardless of their employment, financial situation and social status. No matter who the person is, law enforcement will act if they think there is a driver who is under the influence. Similarly, everyone has the right to a strong defense when they are arrested for drunk driving. The circumstances in these cases will often differ, but the one certainty is that drivers arrested must understand their rights from the beginning.

What are the Indiana penalties for underage DUI?

Drunk driving charges are taken seriously in Indiana regardless of the person's age. When it is a person who is driving under the influence when he or she was not even legally allowed to drink, there are different penalties assessed than for someone who is 21 or older. Those who are confronted with underage DUI should be aware that they will be subjected to various penalties just as a person who is 21. Although people who are under age 21 should know not to drink and drive, simply facing these allegations does not automatically imply guilt. With the consequences of a conviction, it is vital to formulate a defense against drunk driving charges.

Motorcyclist fleeing police arrested on drunk driving charges

People in and on a variety of different vehicles can face drunk driving charges. That can include a truck, a car and a motorcycle. Regardless, when a person is accused of driving under the influence, there can be a multitude of incidents that occur that can escalate the charges the person must deal with. With an arrest for drunk driving, the penalties can be harsh and long-lasting. Forging a strong defense is essential for any case no matter the level and number of charges the person is confronted with.

Points to remember about a DUI breath test and chemical test

Indiana drivers will likely be generally aware of how blood alcohol content level can lead to drunk driving charges and that law enforcement will use a breathalyzer or a blood test to determine the amount of alcohol in the driver's blood. But there are other aspects of the breath test that drivers should understand, particularly if they are arrested for operating under the influence and need to formulate a strong defense against the charges.

Two men face multiple offenses including drugged driving

Indiana drivers who are confronted with allegations of driving under the influence might find themselves facing multiple offenses if the circumstances warrant it. For example, being stopped for driving while intoxicated might lead to the officers searching the vehicle and alleging that other legal violations were being committed. This can result in penalties that go far beyond those that would generally accompany a DWI. Whether the case involves simple drunk driving or drunk driving and other charges, a conviction can cause long-term problems to a person's life and it is essential to lodge a strong defense.

What are ignition interlock device violations in Indiana?

One of the penalties that can be assessed when an Indianan is convicted on drunk driving charges is to have an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle. The basic premise of this device is for it to be installed on the vehicle the person owns or regularly operates. When it will be driven, the person will blow into the machine so it can determine the blood alcohol content level before the vehicle will start. It will also intermittently require that the driver blow into it to ensure that no alcohol was consumed in the interim. While it sounds simple, there are laws governing it and violations can result in other penalties.