DUI & OWI Lawyer

Serving South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Osceola & The Counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall & LaPorte

A DUI OWI conviction has the potential to affect your life in multiple ways. In addition to worsening your criminal history, Indiana drivers with DUI OWI charges are likely to face legal consequences from their convictions. This is not a situation in which you should try to handle your own defense; the consequences may follow you for the rest of your life. You need an effective DUI & OWI attorney who is dedicated to helping you fight your charges.


It is common for our prospective clients to ask about the difference between DUI and OWI. In Indiana, there is really no difference. DUI and OWI are simply different acronyms for the same crime in Indiana: Operating While Intoxicated.  In reality, a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated can cost you much more than money. It can also jeopardize your freedom, your driver’s license and perhaps even your job. With such serious consequences on the table, you should settle for nothing less than a proven attorney with demonstrated experience in the DUI field.

Do I need a lawyer if I'm charged with OVWI in Indiana?

There are so many different ways an Indiana OVWI attorney can help if you're facing such a serious charge. The most important reason why involves having someone working for you who understands the law and has a proven track record of success.  Even if you believe you did nothing wrong, you could end up being fined or losing your driver's license due to a OVWI conviction. An experienced attorney can also challenge the results of many notoriously unreliable drunk driving tests, including field sobriety tests.

The stakes are high if you're convicted of an OVWI charge in Indiana and the penalties vary widely. When you have a lawyer working for you and advocating on your behalf, your attorney can gather evidence illustrating why the penalties should be reduced or such charges should be dismissed altogether.

OWI Charges & Penalties

Penalties vary widely for OWI charges in Indiana. Much depends on whether it is your first offense or you’ve been arrested for operating under the influence before, as well as your blood alcohol level. The State charges most “first-timers”  with the class A Misdemeanor offense, which carries a penalty of up to 365 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Circumstances vary, but most first time offenders receive a probation sentence.

The penalties become more severe for repeat offenders. While a first offense is usually charged as a misdemeanor, a second offense within seven years is usually charged as a felony. Fines can be as high as $10,000 and offenders face up to 2.5 years in prison.  The minimum sentences usually include probation, and a choice between a short jail sentence or a massive amount of community service work.

Leveraging Every Opportunity For Success

We do not take a cookie-cutter approach to defending against OVWI charges. Instead, we will examine your circumstances and develop a plan to maximize your opportunities for success. You can rely on us to chart a thoughtful course of action tailored to fit your situation, whether that means challenging the Breathalyzer or blood test, attacking the basis for the traffic stop or striving to get evidence thrown out on legal grounds.

The Cole Law Firm LLC, views cases from all angles translates to effective strategies and insightful analysis. These strengths can help level the playing field in your favor.

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