While many view traffic violations as minor infractions and nuisances, traffic tickets and moving violations have the power to wreak havoc on your life. Fees quickly mount, and points from tickets can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in a revoked or suspended license. I do not underestimate the seriousness of traffic violations and will work on your behalf to get the charges you face reduced or dismissed.
I have represented clients in Indiana traffic violation cases involving the following:
I take a detail-oriented approach to traffic violation defense cases. I interview you to obtain as much information as possible regarding the circumstances surrounding your moving violation, examining every aspect of your case to see if the police officers violated standard procedures or failed to perform their duties as required. I explore every scenario to determine your best course of action, and I attend all hearings to best resolve your case.
Throughout Indiana, law enforcement officials have been expanding efforts to crack down on drunk driving offenses. Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time. With more than 15 years of experience in handling OVWI cases, I have the knowledge necessary to challenge the evidence against you, and the ability to help you attain the best possible outcome.
I understand that good people can make mistakes. I strive to satisfy my clients’ emotional, financial and legal needs by zealously representing their interests at every turn. I am knowledgeable about the complexity of Indiana OVWI laws, and analyze every aspect of your case — from the initial traffic stop to breathalyzer tests — to build your defense. I know what the prosecution needs to get a conviction, and will challenge the evidence against you with the skill I have developed over 15 years in the field. I work hard to make sure that you get the respect you deserve and the best result possible.
If you have been pulled over by the police, there are several ways that you can help yourself.
Remain calm: Police officers can interpret nervousness in your voice as a sign that you are hiding something or are intoxicated. Whether you have consumed alcohol or not, remaining calm is a good way to ensure that police officers do not question your sobriety.
Always have a clean center console or glove box: Fumbling through these compartments to find your registration or insurance can be misinterpreted as intoxication. Keeping the glove box or center console neat and clean allows you to swiftly grab your identification and present it to a police officer.
You do not have to consent to a search of your car: Any evidence found in your car could be used to support a OVWI conviction.
You do not have to consent to "field sobriety tests" or portable breathalyzer machines. : These subjective balance and coordination tests are subject to interpretation and not always accurate. Hand-held breath test machines are not admissible in court to prove your guilt and can be inaccurate.
Contact an OVWI attorney immediately
Call the Law Office of Jay L. Clifford to schedule your free initial consultation.