If your vehicle is impounded after an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or other traffic stop, can the vehicle be searched?
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Many people believe that they cannot be charged with OWI if the police officer did not see them operating the vehicle. Steven Knecht lets us know if this bit of urban wisdom is true in the state of Indiana.
If during a traffic stop in Indiana, a police officer asks you to take a breath test to determine if you are intoxicated, should you agree to take the breath test?
Many people believe that they have not refused a breath test in their operating while intoxicated cases because they took a portable breath test at scene of the traffic stop. However, the portable breath tests results are only admissible to establish probable cause for an arrest. Portable breath test results are not admissible at trial because these tests have not been approved by the Indiana Department of Toxicology as being scientifically reliable. Therefore, even if you take the portable field test, you still are required to take the certified breath test at the police station or jail or...
Special driving privileges allow suspended Indiana drivers to legally travel to work, drive to the doctor, and other locations approved by a court.