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Will a DUI Arrest in Indiana Mean Expulsion from the Armed Forces?

Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can threaten anyone’s career. That said, the zero-tolerance culture in the Armed Forces leaves less room for error than in most other careers. Fortunately, an arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVWI), as we call it in Indiana, is not a certain end for your military career.

However, your next steps could determine the outcome of both criminal and military proceedings. Your first priority is securing a capable attorney to mount an effective defense.

Expect to Face Both Criminal and Military Proceedings After a DUI Arrest

Unlike civilians who generally face only criminal proceedings after an OVWI arrest, you may be facing:

  • A criminal proceeding
  • Informal and formal disciplinary proceedings conducted by military personnel (possibly including a court martial process)

We can certainly assist you with your criminal defense. We may also be able to prepare you for any military proceedings ahead, as there may be substantial overlap between both defenses.

Potential Criminal Penalties for an OVWI Arrest

Depending on the details of your arrest, charges, and personal background, an OVWI conviction could lead to:

  • Jail time
  • Prison time
  • Substantial fines
  • Probation
  • Mandatory community service
  • License revocation
  • Other criminal penalties

You will also have to face the non-legal penalties of a DUI conviction, which may include difficulty obtaining housing, loss of employment, interpersonal problems, and financial hardship.

Potential Military Consequences of Your Arrest

Because your role in the United States Armed Forces is your livelihood, military-issued consequences of a DUI conviction can be devastating. Such penalties may include:

  • Dismissal from the Armed Forces
  • Loss of rank
  • Loss of pay
  • Substance abuse courses or training
  • Formal reprimand
  • Confinement
  • Restriction or revocation or privileges
  • Corrective training

You’ve surely worked hard to earn your rank and reputation within the Armed Forces. We will do everything possible to ensure you do not lose all you have gained while serving our country.

Our firm is familiar with the various court martial formats and other disciplinary processes servicemembers face after arrest. We will guide you through your criminal and non-criminal disciplinary proceedings, striving to attain the best possible outcome to a high-stakes quandary.

Avoiding a Conviction Should Be Your Priority—Call Razumich & Associates Today

Time is of the essence when preparing for criminal and military proceedings after a DUI arrest. Call Razumich & Associates today at 317-449-8661 or contact us online to discuss your defense and how we may preserve your status in the Armed Forces.

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