What happens when you get a DWI?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2019 | Criminal Law, DUI

Whether you have been drinking or not, getting pulled over for a suspected DWI is nerve-wracking. You may have no idea what to expect or what will happen. It can be overwhelming and cause you to act in a way that is detrimental to the situation. Having some idea of the process that occurs when law enforcement in Indiana pull you over for a DWI can help make things less stressful.

According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, if you get pulled over for a DWI and the officer has good reason to believe that you have been drinking and are impaired, you will be arrested for the crime. The officer will put you in handcuffs and search you. Officers will also search and tow your vehicle to an impound lot.

You will have to take a breathalyzer test. You do have the right to refuse to take it, but if you do, be aware that your license will automatically be suspended for one year, even if you have no alcohol in your system. If you take the test and your blood alcohol content registers over .08%, then you will lose your license for at least 30 days.

The officer will take you to jail where you will stay until you have a hearing before a judge. The judge may set bail for you. If you can pay the bail, then you can get out of jail until your next hearing, which will allow you to plead your case. This information is for education and is not legal advice.