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We Can Help You Fight DUI And DWI Charges

Indiana’s DUI and DWI laws fall under the banner of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). An OWI charge can result in not only the loss of your driving privileges but also sizeable fines, the potential loss of your job or even jail time.

Located in Evansville, Bob Zoss Law Office, LLC, provides skilled legal representation to those facing OWI charges. Our lawyers work with people in Evansville and across the southern Indiana area. Our attorneys draw on their experience in challenging evidence and negotiating lesser penalties for our clients, to help you avoid conviction and keep your license.

Drunk Driving Charges Carry Severe Penalties

An OWI conviction can have far-reaching consequences. The penalties for drunk driving can include the suspension of your license, a fine or a jail sentence, depending upon factors such as your blood alcohol content (BAC) level and if you caused injury to another person while intoxicated. The penalty is also increased if you have prior OWI convictions.

Having a knowledgeable and effective attorney is essential to avoiding severe penalties. At Bob Zoss Law Office, LLC, we will explain the charges you face in detail and outline all the options that are available. We can advise you on whether challenging an OWI charge is likely to succeed or if there is a possibility of pleading down to a lesser charge.

What To Do If Your License Is Suspended

A license suspension can affect your ability to work and make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks. If you would face significant hardship as a result of losing your license, you can petition the Indiana courts to grant a stay of suspension or temporary specialized driving privileges.

If you are eligible, you may be allowed to drive during certain hours or between certain locations, such as your home and place of work. A judge may grant driving privileges for other purposes, including transporting children to day care or school, attending medical appointments, and traveling to court. In some cases, you may have to install and use an ignition interlock device in order to drive your vehicle.

If the loss of your license is unavoidable, our skilled lawyers will advocate strongly on your behalf to obtain specialized driving privileges and minimize the impact to yourself and your family.

Refusing A Breath Or Blood Test

Because Indiana has an implied consent law to drive in the state – meaning any driver in Indiana is assumed to have complied with a request for a blood or breath test – refusing one is a crime. It comes with serious consequences, including loss of driving privileges for up to a year.

Additionally, a refusal is evidence and the prosecution can use that against a person in any potential drunk driving trial.

Defense Strategies Against Drunk Driving Charges

While circumstances in your case are always unique, there are a few strategies that you can build a defense around. They include:

  • Challenging the initial stop
  • Challenging probable cause of the breath or blood test
  • Challenging the results of the tests based on equipment calibration

However, your defense is likely going to involve many different tactics and strategies to reduce or eliminate the charges you are facing. It’s still vital to take appropriate steps in your defense, such as remaining silent and contacting us as soon as possible.

Contact Us Today

We will defend you strongly against allegations of driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medications, and pursue the most favorable outcome for your case. Set up a consultation via our website or call 812-266-9609 to speak to a skilled Evansville DUI defense lawyer.