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New Felony OWI Law


Under a new Indiana law, more people with a prior operating while intoxicated (OWI) conviction will become eligible to receive a felony conviction on their second offense. Under the new law effective July 1, 2019, anyone arrested for OWI that has a prior conviction of OWI within seven (7) years immediately preceding the new OWI commits a Level 6 felony. Previously, the prior offense had to be within five (5) years to convicted of a felony. Therefore, the State can now look back at an additional two (2) years of criminal driving history to enhance an OWI case to a felony. This increased look back period is one more reason why you must immediately hire an experienced OWI attorney for a first offense OWI to explore all possible defenses rather than just walking into court without an attorney and pleading guilty.

With over 35 years of handling thousands of criminal cases, Steven Knecht is familiar with the possible defenses to operating while intoxicated offenses and other criminal charges. Few other attorneys can match his trial experience and knowledge of criminal law and he can use that experience and knowledge to benefit you. If you find yourself having been arrested, you should immediately hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer that you can trust such as Steven Knecht to help you fight the State because you have a lot at stake on the outcome.

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