If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, you could be facing serious consequences. When you want to avoid conviction, get help from a Terre Haute drugged driving attorney.
Drugged driving can have disastrous ramifications. Not only could you wind up in a fatal motor vehicle accident, but if you are arrested and charged, the penalties are severe. Fortunately, there are legal options available to you when you work with an attorney.
The team of highly trained professionals at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm are ready to help you beat your charges. An experienced Terre Haute drugged driving lawyer will investigate every component of your arrest, and build a compelling defense, so your life isn’t permanently affected by a drugged driving conviction.
Consequences for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
There are two classifications of penalties that you’ll face if you’re convicted of drugged driving in Indiana. First, there are the administrative consequences. These include your license being automatically suspended for a minimum of 180 days.
If you refused to take a chemical sobriety test, the suspension will last for a minimum of one year, as the law of implied consent will take effect. If this isn’t your first offense, you can expect a license suspension to last a maximum of 10 years.
Now we’ll delve into the criminal penalties. If you’re charged with a DUI that involves drugs, you can be sentenced to up to 365 days in jail and pay fines not to exceed $5,000, if you’re a first-time offender. Repeat offenders can face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
You can imagine how damaging these consequences would be on your life. Picture not being able to obtain a good job or get a quality education because your drugged driving conviction shows up when administrators conduct a background check.
Building Your Defense
All hope is not lost just yet, however. If law enforcement conducted an unlawful stop, meaning they didn’t have a valid reason to pull you over in the first place, you might be able to get your charges dropped.
Likewise, we can contest the validity of any field sobriety or chemical tests you might have taken at the time of your arrest. If your sample was mishandled, administered incorrectly, or confused with another sample, it’s possible to avoid a conviction.
There is also the question of probable cause. The stop might have been lawful, but unless the police officer had a valid reason to search you or your vehicle, any contraband they might have found can be tossed out as evidence, if we can establish a lack of probable cause.
Your lawyer will need to examine the details of your case to determine which defense will be the best option so you aren’t burdened by the penalties of a DUI involving drugs.
Speak with a Terre Haute Drugged Driving Attorney
When you need assistance in beating a driving under the influence charge, consult a Terre Haute drugged driving lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm, who can help you win your case. You can schedule your initial consultation today by giving our office a call at 1-812-232-7400 or by filling out the online contact form below.