Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OWI/DUI) is a serious charge in Northwestern Indiana and Chicagoland, and comes with stiff penalties. These are even harsher for repeat offenders and for car accidents in which people died or suffered serious injuries. The Alvarez Law Office in Crown Point, Indiana defends DUI cases and has a notable record of success in avoiding jail time and having charges dropped or reduced.
You have the right to counsel, provided by the United States Constitution’s Sixth Amendment and by Article 1, Section 13 of Indiana’s Constitution.. Effective defenses are available when you choose the right attorney to represent you.
Being pulled over for a OWI/DUI can be frightening and humiliating. You may worry about what a conviction will do to your family and your standing in the community. Getting to work might be a problem if you lose your license, so you may be worried about how the bills will get paid. And you are probably worried about the possibility of doing jail time. At the Alvarez Law Office, we understand the emotional turmoil and stress that you are going through.
Defenses to OWI/DUI
The OWI/DUI defense lawyers at the Alvarez Law Office are experienced in applying effective strategies to refute drunk driving charges, which may, depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, result in the charges being dropped.
One defense strategy that we often use effectively is showing that the arresting officer lacked sufficient evidence to make an arrest. For example, we might make the case that the officer’s observations of bloodshot eyes or slurred speech could have another explanation, such as lack of sleep or allergies, and did not constitute sufficient evidence of drunk driving to warrant an arrest. We can also argue that the arresting officer did not have probable cause to pull the driver over.
If there was a significant amount of time between the time when the driver was stopped and the administration of the test for blood alcohol content, the BAC test may be shown not to have measured the BAC at the time the defendant was driving. That’s because alcohol takes time to enter the blood from the digestive tract. A person could have been under the legal BAC limit when pulled over, but over the limit 20 or 30 minutes later when the test was given. Therefore, the BAC level would not be proof of drunk driving.
Protect Yourself and Your Family
A OWI/DUI can interfere with your ability to support yourself and your family, because the least penalty you can expect is the suspension of your license, which can, for some, make it impossible to commute to work. In these cases, a conviction could cause you to lose your job and your ability to care for those you love. A drunk driving conviction can also keep you from being hired for certain jobs in the future. The stakes are too high to rely on anything less than the best representation. Don’t accept a public defender, not because they are not skilled lawyers, but because their caseloads are so enormous they simply don’t have the time that we at Alvarez take to prepare a thoroughly researched and meticulously documented case.
Don’t take chances. Call the OWI/DUI defense attorneys at Alvarez Law without delay, to protect your rights, your future, and your family.
We defend the accused against DUI charges throughout Northwestern Indiana, including Crown Point, Merrillville, Hammond, Gary, Dyer, St. John, Griffith, East Chicago, Munster, Schererville, Valparaiso, Knox, Portage, Newton, Culver, and the entire Chicagoland area.