DUI stands for driving under the influence. DUI refers to a driver who is operating a vehicle after consuming drugs or alcohol. In some cases, even prescription drugs qualify for driving under the influence arrest. The current 2021 law for DUI penalties and related drug offenses is severe for any driver caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08. There is also a number of important factors that determine the severity of a sentence the court will impose for driving under the influence offense.
Driving Under the Influence is a Misdemeanor
In the State of Indiana driving under the influence is a misdemeanor. Drivers who are charged with driving under the influence can be affected in the following ways:
- May lose driving privileges
- Be fined
- Face jail time
However, drivers who cause accidents while under the influence, drivers that have multiple convictions may face felony charges. This is the case especially if the accident that is a result causes serious injury or death.
If an individual is on probation and is arrested for driving under the influence could receive a notice for a probation violation.
DUI Victims Could Possibly Sue for Damages
Victims of DUI drivers could potentially sue the DUI drivers for damages including:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Do You Need an Attorney for Driving Under the Influence
Getting arrested for a DUI is no laughing matter. It is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney to help fight against a DUI arrest.