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Marion County OWI & Possession Charges Dismissed

30 June 2015 | Case Results,  Drug Charges,  OWI,  

Attorney Sean Hessler

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Sean Hessler

30 June 2015

Case Results,  Drug Charges,  OWI,  

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We recently helped a woman in her 40s avoid convictions after having been charged with a Marion County OWI and possession of a controlled substance. Both of these charges are Class A misdemeanors that carry penalties of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted.

She hired Indianapolis criminal lawyer Sean Hessler to represent her as she was concerned about what would happen to her. We went over the facts of the case with our client. During her arrest, the State took her driver’s license and told her that her driving privileges were suspended. However, upon further analysis and review, Sean found that law enforcement did not comply with the statute to suspend a license on a OVWI charge. He was able to help the client regain her driving privileges during the pendency of this case.

Through discovery, Sean learned of evidentiary issues with the case and exploited these weaknesses. He was able to establish a statutory defense that the client has a valid prescription for the pills she was accused of illegally possessing. Though our Indianapolis legal team was prepared to go to trial, we were able to successfully resolve our client’s case before trial after six court appearances. With the knowledge that our client has a valid prescription and since one of the essential witnesses failed to comply with our discovery requests, the prosecutor had little choice but to dismiss all charges.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.