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Consider the consequences of a drunk driving conviction

When you are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving, the police officer who stopped you will go through several things to determine what to do. You might be asked to take a field sobriety test or to take a test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. As these things are happening, you need to make a mental note of everything that is going on. Even though you are being accused of breaking the law, you still have rights.

DUI charges can negatively impact your life before a conviction

Facing a drunk driving charge is going to impact every area of your life, even if you aren't convicted of it. The mere mention of a DUI to an employer can mean that you lose your job because the employer might not allow any type of negative mark on a driving record or that they don't need the business to suffer because of the amount of time you will have to take off work to deal with the case. We know that this is a hard thing to think about, but you should carefully plan to address these types of issues.

Immediately work on your drunk driving defense

Summer months mean bonfires with friends. These fun events might have alcohol available, which means that anyone who is planning on knocking back a few drinks will need to plan on a way to get home. If you try to drive after you've had adult beverages, you are facing the risk of being pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving. This can lead to you facing criminal charges, which isn't a fun way to end the bonfire.

Get your drunk driving defense all planned out quickly

Anyone who is going to head out to a party this weekend needs to have a plan for getting home after the event is over. Unfortunately, not everyone will do this. Some people will assume that they are sober enough to drive home. This might lead to a police officer pulling you over if you are showing any signs of intoxication when you are on the road.

Commercial drunk driving charges can end careers

Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard when it comes to drinking and driving. This is due in part to federal laws that govern these drivers. Instead of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent like noncommercial drivers, people who have a CDL have a BAC limit of only .04 percent. Additionally, federal regulations state that commercial drivers can't operate a vehicle within four hours from the time they stop consuming alcohol.

Norman police officers are on the look out for drunk drivers

Norman, Oklahoma, residents might notice more police officers than normal when they are out driving through New Year's. There will be DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the city. These are aimed at preventing the deaths that can come from impaired driving.

What is the administrative hearing after a DUI?

Being charged with drunk driving in Oklahoma is the start of a long process that might seem daunting if this is your first time in the criminal justice system. You need to understand that there are many things that happen with this charge. You aren't likely going to have to deal only with the criminal law aspects of the situation. You may also need to work on the administrative penalties you are facing, which could involve the loss of your driving privileges.

Don't get drunk at the office party and try to drive home

Now that the holidays are here, adults will head out to office parties and other social gatherings. You've probably heard the advice that consuming alcohol at an office party isn't really a good idea. Not only can having a few drinks lead you to act in an abnormal manner that might put a damper on your professional image, but it is also possible that it will land you in jail. This would occur if you drink at the party and try to drive yourself.

Reasonable suspicion is important in many DUI stops

If a police officer is going to pull someone over for the suspicion of drunk driving, they have to have reasonable suspicion that the driver is impaired. There are many ways that the officer can meet this requirement. Some of the most common involve watching the person's driving behaviors to determine if they are consistent with someone who is impaired.

Ignition interlocks are widely used in Oklahoma

A person who is convicted of a drunk driving offense might be told that they need to have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicle. This is a device that requires the driver to blow a breath sample into it. This is checked for the presence of alcohol. If the person who blows into the device has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is higher than the set limit, the device won't start.

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