A conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated comes with a wide range of consequences—monetarily, professionally, socially, and beyond. Such a conviction will appear on your driving record for 10 years. It will also appear on your “rap sheet” for the rest of your life.
In most cases, an OWI will result in a substantial increase in your automobile insurance premiums. It could even prevent you from entering foreign countries. Worse, a convicted driver might be terminated from his or her employment, and find that some jobs are off-limits entirely.
Today, we’re seeing a dramatic increase in OWI task forces in Indiana and the rest of the United States. These groups are often federally funded, pay officers time and one-half, and require the them to make vehicular stops and arrests in order to retain their funding. These officers are trained in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Test program, and in Indiana’s Chemical Test for Intoxication School. In Indiana, roadblocks, or so-called “sobriety check points,” may be utilized by police, but only under strict guidelines.
If fighting an OWI case and clearing your name is important to you, then hire lawyers who concentrate their practice in defending such cases, who have the training to defend OWI cases, and who take their mandatory Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in how to defend OWI cases.
VZP has long been in the forefront of OWI defense in Indiana. Members of the firm have taught lawyers to defend OWI cases since 1983 in Indiana, and nationally since 1995. Our firm includes a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense, who was also dean of that college, a lawyer trained in the BAC DataMaster breath test machine at the factory, two lawyers who trained, and one who teaches, at the National College for DUI Defense Summer Session conducted at the Harvard Law School.