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When Does a DWI Become a Felony in Indiana?

When Does a DWI Become a Felony in Indiana?

Many people are understandably nervous when they are arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). However, what they don’t understand is that not all DWI crimes can be considered misdemeanor offenses. Indiana law allows some DWI charges to become felonies rather than misdemeanors, which means a felony will be on your permanent record and you might also have to serve years in prison.

Under Indiana Code 9-30-5-3, if you have a prior conviction for a DWI in the past 5 years and you are facing an additional charge, there is a chance you could be faced with a Class D felony. Felony charges include higher sentences, felony criminal records, higher fines, lengthy terms of probation, and other punishments. A felony DWI, for example, could get you incarcerated from 6 months to 3 years.

Likewise, in other circumstances, the DWI becomes a felony charge when someone is harmed. If you cause serious bodily injury while driving, you could be found guilty of a Class D or Class C felony. If you had a passenger under the age of 18 with you in the vehicle, you could also face a Class D felony. If someone was killed by your DWI, you could be charged with a Class C or Class B felony. Penalties for Class C and Class B felonies tend to be particularly extreme. A Class B Felony has prison sentences as long as 20 years in some cases.

If you’re facing a DWI charge, make sure you have a skilled Muncie DWI attorney on your side. Brooke-Stevens, PC is a firm with a national and international presence. We are dedicated to helping Muncie residents defend their rights and freedom when faced with criminal charges. All our attorneys go to great lengths to ensure the people we help are receiving high-quality legal advocacy and services. Talk to us about your case as soon as possible. The faster you inform us about your situation, the more time we have to create a solid defense on your behalf. Let us help you navigate the labyrinth of state and federal criminal law.

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