If you’re facing criminal charges for an Indiana DUI, there are a few things you should know. Operating a vehicle while intoxicated—or OVWI—starts as a misdemeanor charge. There are certain situations, however, where that misdemeanor charge can become a felony.
One easy way for an Indiana DUI to become a felony is if you have a DUI conviction within the past seven years. In this scenario, the State can file the charge as a Level 6 felony, which carries a maximum penalty of two and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
By contrast, a Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. When a defendant is facing a felony charge, their attorney has an obligation to see if there’s any way to get that reduced to a misdemeanor.
If you’re facing a felony Indiana DUI charge, it’s important to hire an experienced attorney who can help you understand your options. If you have any questions, give us a call at 317-632-3642 and remember—always plead the 5th!