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Fort Wayne, Indiana DUI Attorneys and OWI Lawyers

Lawyer fights DWI charges with aggressive defense strategies

Indiana’s drunk driving laws are among the toughest in America. The Operating While Intoxicating (OWI) law covers the operation or driving of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substance. An OWI/DUI conviction and the loss of your driver’s license can greatly affect your ability to maintain an income — potential employers may not hire you with such a conviction — and cause your auto insurance rates to go up. The immediate representation of an experienced Indiana DUI attorney like Ryan E. Lackey is the best way to preserve your rights and maintain your driving privileges.

Understand your OWI charges with the help of a skilled attorney

We can advise you of your rights, examine the details of the charges and clarify the potential penalties, from suspension of your driving privileges and monetary fines to a possible prison sentence.

According to Indiana OWI laws, the legal limits of Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) while driving are:

  • .08 percent BAC, with more severe penalties for a BAC over .15 percent
  • .04 percent BAC for CDL license holders
  • .02 percent BAC for minors under the age of 21

If it is determined that your BAC was over the legal limit, you may face a license suspension of up to 180 days even before your criminal charges are filed. However, the court can allow for probationary driving for a first-time offender.

Fighting your OWI charges

At The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey, we employ an arsenal of strategies in court designed to help have your OWI charges reduced or dropped. Our attorney can call into question several factors before a judge and jury, including:

  • The reason you were stopped by law enforcement
  • If the sobriety tests were valid and accurate
  • If the testimony of police officer was inaccurate or insufficient
  • If there were underlying medical reasons that caused impaired driving

Whether it is your first, second or even third OWI/DUI offense, we can work to preserve your driving privileges and have your charges reduced or dropped. If your license is suspended, you may also apply for license reinstatement with the help of our OWI attorney.

Administrative hearing to keep your license

After an OWI arrest, you have 10 days to request an administrative hearing to contest the suspension or revocation of your license. You will require the representation of an attorney to maximize the chances of regaining your driving privileges.

At the administrative hearing, answers to several questions are crucial, including:

  • Did the officer have probable cause to suspend your license?
  • Did the officer follow proper procedure?
  • Did the driver submit to chemical testing?
  • Was the driver’s BAC over .08%?

Once the administrative hearing is complete, we can then begin formulating a defense with the goal of having the charges dropped or reduced in trial or through negotiations.

Turn to our informed Indiana DUI attorney

The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey designs a strong defense to preserve your rights and keep you on the road. For a free consultation and cost-effective representation, please contact the firm online or call us at 260-222-7364.

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    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
    Phone: 260-437-0197
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