Indianapolis OWI Drugs Lawyer
When people think of OWI or DUI, they think of drinking and driving or some sort of alcohol use. However, these charges may involve drug use as well.
In Indiana, operating while intoxicated (OWI) is illegal whether it is caused by alcohol or drugs, even if the drugs are legal to use (such as over-the-counter prescription drugs). And when it comes to drugs, any amount can constitute impairment, so there can be some subjectivity.
Because of this, you may be unfairly charged with OWI. In these cases, you need a solid defense. Don’t let an OWI drug charge ruin your life. Seek legal help from the knowledgeable Indianapolis OWI drugs lawyer at Rigney Law LLC.
What is Drugged Driving?
A person can be charged with driving under the influence of drugs by having virtually any drug in their system. This is a broad charge that can be caused by any of the following drugs:
- Any illegal drug or controlled substance
- Over-the-counter medicine
- Prescription medication
Even if you legally purchased and used these drugs or medications, you can still face an OWI charge based on impairment. For example, many medications cause drowsiness and this is considered impairment under the law, since drowsy driving can lead to accidents.
However, determining impairment can be tricky. Drugs do not register in breath tests, so If you’re arrested, you are required to submit to a blood or urine test. For alcohol DUI, the legal limit is .08%. For drugs, though, there is no exact limit, which may work in your favor. There’s room for argument as to whether you were actually impaired, which is why it’s a good idea to have a lawyer on your side in these cases.
Drugged Driving Penalties
Drugged driving is similar to drunk driving under Indiana law. It is considered a Class C misdemeanor. For a first offense, the penalties include 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines, as well as a driver license suspension of 180 days.
For a second offense, a person will face 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. At a minimum, the person must serve at least five days in jail or 240 hours of community service. In addition, the driver’s license will be suspended for one year. When a person is charged with two OWI offenses within a seven-year period, the charge is elevated to a felony OWI, which comes with more severe penalties.
In addition to the above penalties, all drugged driving convictions require an alcohol and drug assessment. The person may be required to complete a treatment program.
Contact Rigney Law LLC Today
Drugged driving in Indiana can result in jail time and fines. Protect yourself with the right legal help.
At Rigney Law LLC, we’ll assess your OWI case and work hard to defend you. Contact our Indianapolis OWI drugs lawyer today to schedule a consultation. Call (317) 623-0989 or fill out the online form.