DUI Penalties In Oklahoma: They Go Far Beyond A Fine Or Jail Time
Handling DUI Defense For Norman, El Reno, Oklahoma City And The Entire State Of Oklahoma
People often write off driving under the influence (DUI) as a minor charge, particularly if it is a first offense. After the arrest, they plead guilty to the crime so they can move on with their lives. However, many find out later the real impacts of their DUI.
Unsuspecting Repercussions Of An Oklahoma Drunk Driving Charge
Below are some of the unsuspecting repercussions of a DUI many drivers in Oklahoma may not be aware of.
1. Driver’s License Revocation
Oklahoma drivers with a DUI will face a driver’s license suspension. The length of the suspension, however, will vary depending on individual circumstances. A driver’s DPS suspension history are among a list of factors that will determine the suspension period. Under the new system that began on 11/1/2019, we only have 30 days to make a very important decision. Read more about that decision here.
2. Ignition Interlock Device Requirements
In Oklahoma, drivers who are convicted of DUI or who enter the IDAP program are required to install an ignition interlock device (including an electronic log device) on every vehicle that is registered in their name. They are also responsible for the cost of the installation, maintenance and fees associated, which can be expensive.
3. Increased Car Insurance Rates
Drivers with a DUI will undoubtedly pay significantly higher auto insurance premiums. On average, Oklahoma drivers with a DUI can expect to pay, on average, 1.5 times more in auto premiums compared to a driver with a clean record. The rate could be even higher if other extenuating factors are involved.
4. Loss Of Employment, Rental Opportunities
Any arrest, plea or conviction of a DUI will automatically appear on an individual’s criminal record — which is publicly available. Employers today often conduct background checks on perspective job applicants. It is not uncommon for individuals to lose out on a position they would otherwise be qualified for because of a prior DUI. This also applies to those looking to rent an apartment or house.
Even If You Blew Over The Limit — You Are Still Innocent Until Proven Guilty
You got pulled over for drunk driving. You blew over the legal limit or failed a blood test. Does that mean that you are guilty? No, you are still innocent until proven guilty and the evidence against you may not be as strong as you think.
Do not plead guilty simply because you think your likelihood of beating the charges is small.
How Our Criminal Defense Team Can Help You
At the Swain Law Group, based in Norman, our experienced criminal defense attorneys know all too well that mistakes can and do get made during the process of a DUI arrest.
It’s possible the arresting officer failed to follow proper procedure when pulling you over. It’s also possible that the breath test machine used wasn’t properly calibrated, therefore triggering an incorrect reading. Many things can go wrong.
Our Experience And Strategy
Our job is to examine the evidence and the procedures surrounding your arrest. If there is any indication that the arrest wasn’t properly handled, we will seek a dismissal of your case. In certain instances, we employ the services of a local DUI investigator — one of few criminal defense firms in the state of Oklahoma who do — which has lead to a dismissal of many cases over the past few years.
Even If The Evidence Holds Up — Don’t Lose Hope
Even if the evidence holds up, there may be options for fighting the DUI charge or seeking reduced penalties.
Reach Out To Us Today
Many people worry about the cost of hiring a top notch criminal defense lawyer. But, when it comes to a DUI charge, the real concern should be: What is the cost of hiring a bad one?