Ever wonder what happens when you get a DUI in Indiana? Well, getting a cab ride home could save you a lot in the long run!
When someone drives under the influence, there is always the risk of causing serious injury or killing innocent people. Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and the laws are meant to deter people from getting behind the wheel after they have had too much to drink. But what happens when you get a DUI? What type of punishment will you receive if you get a DUI, and how can you expect it to affect you financially?
The answer to that question varies, but if you get a DUI, you will likely have to participate in an alcohol abuse program, pay fines, possibly have your license suspended/revoked, or get points added to your driving record. And after all that, your auto insurance company will likely increase your monthly premium.
Depending on the situation, a misdemeanor charge usually comes with the first DUI. If you have a prior DUI conviction or a passenger under the age of 18 in the vehicle, you will likely face a Class D felony charge and possibly some time in jail.
On top of all this, you will then be faced with court costs and the issue of whether you need to hire an attorney. You could represent yourself, but it would be best to hire an attorney. An attorney may cost a bit of money, but it will be worth the extra cost to have an advocate on your side that knows the law and can help you through an unfamiliar situation.
With the economy the way it is and budgets tight, DUI laws likely won’t get lenient any time soon. Drunk driving is totally irresponsible. So, with the holidays approaching, we suggest calling a cab if you have had a little too much to drink. There’s too much to lose driving drunk! Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the holidays!