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Juvenile DUI cases in Indiana need to be taken seriously

Getting pulled over and arrested for drunk driving can be stressful, frightening and confusing. Anyone in Indiana who is facing a DUI needs to understand the law and possible consequences. This is particularly true of anyone who is a juvenile who is also facing a DUI charge.

The blood alcohol content (BAC) that can lead to a DUI charge is vastly lower for juveniles than that for adults. An adult can have a BAC of .08 percent. However, if a person is under 21, a BAC of  only .02 percent can lead to charges. One of the basic possible penalties a juvenile can face is the loss of a driver's license.

Indiana man accused of drug crimes after text

Electronic communication has changed the way law enforcement does its job and the way crimes are investigated and evidence gathered. One man in Indiana found out the downside of technology, particularly with regard to texting, when he is said to have sent a text message allegedly to the wrong person. The text resulted in the man being accused of drug crimes.

The 34-year-old man purportedly sent a text in error to an off-duty patrolman. Apparently, the officer didn't recognize the number but noted that the text seemed to be about drug activity. The patrolman responded to the text by arranging for a meeting with the sender.

Man with previous drunk driving charges arrested in Indiana

Anytime someone is arrested and charged with a crime, the police may look deeper into that person's background to determine whether that person has any other previous convictions for similar alleged crimes. In a case of drunk driving in Indiana and elsewhere, any previous convictions within a certain period of time can lead to harsher criminal consequences regarding any subsequent convictions. Recently in Indiana, a man was arrested for an OWI, and it was discovered that the man had previous drunk driving arrests this year.

The 76-year-old was pulled over on a Thursday night. It was unclear what exactly led police to pull over the man. The police apparently gave him field sobriety tests,and the police also report the man had an alcohol level of over the legal limit. However, there were no reports of what tests were specifically given and what his actual blood alcohol content may have been.

Indiana man arrested for drunk driving after hitting semi truck

An Indiana man was involved in a recent accident in which he struck a semi truck that was parked on the side of Interstate 70 after it experienced a brake fire. In the accident, the man seriously damaged the vehicle he was driving. In addition to the property damage, he also now faces a drunk driving charge as a result of the accident. 

The incident took place in the early morning hours in early December. A man in a minivan slammed into a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the side of the highway. According to the driver of the truck, there was fear that the vehicle and driver were trapped under the truck. Another motorist called police to report a heavily damaged minivan driving down the road away from the scene of the accident.

24-year-old facing drug crimes in Indiana

A drug charge can lead to serious consequences and an extensive legal battle. When police make an arrest and charge someone with drug crimes, that person may face a wide range of possible penalties. In Indiana recently, a man was arrested on drug crimes after several encounters with police.

The 24-year-old is facing both dealing and possession charges. The police conducted what is called a controlled buy to confirm some suspicions that the man was allegedly dealing drugs. Twice they had someone purchase the drugs from the man. In this case, the person was a confidential informant. Then, they served a search warrant after the buys.

Three injured in Indiana drunk driving accident

Whenever there is an accident resulting in injuries, police investigate the scene. When they find supporting evidence, the authorities often press charges against the person or persons who are accused of being criminally responsible. If drunk driving is suspected, the alleged drunk driver often faces a driving under the influence (DUI) or operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge, depending on the state and circumstances of the accident, in addition to other accident-related charges. A recent accident in Indiana led to a man being charged for his involvement in a multi-vehicle accident.

The 33-year-old man who now faces charges was driving an SUV northbound on Interstate 65 when the accident happened. For a reason that is still unknown, he hit a car and caused that vehicle to spin off the road and into a ditch. The impact from that collision spun the SUV in its lane where it was then hit head-on by a 36-year-old woman who was traveling northbound. Another vehicle came along whose driver attempted to avoid the accident, but ended up hitting the car belonging to the 36-year-old woman.

Indiana man faces charges of drug crimes after traffic stop

Whenever police pull over a vehicle on the road, the end result may be far from the reason for the initial stop. Police may be able to search a vehicle and use what they find against a person as they file criminal charges, depending on very specific procedures and reasoning for a search. After a recent traffic stop, a man in Indiana is now facing drug charges even though suspicion of drug crimes was not the reason for pulling over his vehicle in the first place.

The 36-year-old was pulled over by police because there were warrants against him. The warrants related to a failure to appear in court, although there was no report as to why the man was supposed to appear in court. Police then searched the man's vehicle.

Drunk driving charge affects Excise Officer's job

Anyone arrested for drunk driving or a similar offense may find the arrest can impact various aspects of their life, from finances, family and even their career. While anyone arrested for drunk driving is considered innocent until -- and only if -- proven guilty, the mere arrest can lead to a job suspension in certain fields. Recently an Indiana State Excise Officer found himself under arrest for drunk driving, and now he has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

The 43-year-old man was pulled over after being observed by police. They said he turned without using his turn signal. They also said he then weaved across the lanes of the road. Reportedly, he was given a breath test, and the results apparently indicated he was above the legal limit.

Drug crimes can vary greatly in Indiana

Any kind of drug charge should be taken seriously. In Indiana, drug crimes can lead to very serious legal consequences. If charged with drug crimes, having an experienced legal professional in your corner can help ensure you know what to expect and what kind of options you may have.

For some, drug charges may be completely unwarranted. Some people find they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, and drug possession charges come about as a result. Others may find themselves facing drug charges as the result of addiction issues. Involvement or suspected involvement with a marijuana growing operation or the manufacture of drugs may also lead to the possibility of criminal drug charges.

Officers in Indiana face battery charges after bar fight

Most charges of violent crimes come after police respond to and take control of a situation. Yet, there are times when police find themselves the ones charged with a crime and in need of legal assistance to deal with the situation they are facing. There was recently a situation in Indiana that resulted in two Indianapolis police officers being charged with battery. 

The incident occurred as the off-duty officers were apparently in a bar having a drink. A 29-year-old man was said to be causing problems and refusing to leave the bar. The 40-year-old and 46-year-old officers confronted the man and showed him a badge, which the patron apparently didn't believe was real.