A 50-year-old truck driver recently faced the loss of his career when he was stopped in his personal vehicle under suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVWI). After a traffic stop that was triggered by his speeding, the man allegedly refused to take a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content (BAC). This led to his arrest. Upon the man’s arrest, he was searched. During law enforcement’s search, they found a handgun. The charges he faced after this stop and search include:
- A class A misdemeanor for OVWI
- A level 5 felony for possession of a handgun without a license (with a prior conviction on his record)
Facing up to six years in prison, the man knew he needed help from an Indianapolis criminal lawyer. This is what brought him to Hessler Law.
Attorney Sean Hessler immediately got to work investigating the case and the details surrounding the charges. The client was concerned about his commercial driver’s license (CDL) being revoked, as the allegation that he refused to take a breath test – if proven to be true – would trigger an automatic one-year suspension. If he were to be convicted of OVWI as well, he could lose his job and livelihood.
After attorney Hessler negotiated a deal in which the client admitted to possession of the handgun, the OVWI charge and breath test refusal were dismissed. As a result, he was sentenced to three years of probation, and got to keep his job.
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