This past weekend wasn’t a good one for the Sadler family of northern Indiana. According to the IndyStar both father and son were charged with OWI/DUI and met up at the Whitley county jail to share their stories. It just goes to show that everyone makes mistakes and DUI charges are very common.
The son, 19 year old Kosciusko County Deputy Coroner Derrick Sadler was pulled over after speeding, going 73 miles per hour in a 60 mph speed zone. Police found he had a blood alcohol level of .17%. Dad, Coroner John Sadler was contacted to pick up the son’s vehicle but he was found to be intoxicated as well, with a blood alcohol content of .10%.
Both men will face DUI charges now. The legal limit in Ohio is .08% and anything over this is subject to criminal charges.
If this is the men’s first OWI charges the court may take it easier on them. The potential sentence for a DUI charge gets progressively harsher depending on any prior DUI convictions. For instance, a first time conviction carries a potential jail sentence of up to 1 year as well as fines and a license suspension of up to 2 years.
However, a second offense within two years will land you with felony charges. Class D felony charges can carry 6 months to 3 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000. If this is your second OWI within a year your license will be suspended for no less than 1 year.
Having an experienced local attorney on your OWI case can make a difference. If you are facing charges like these, call today for a consultation.