It is unlawful in Oklahoma and all other states to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content exceeding the legal limit. State laws governing penalties under conviction vary, as do consequences for refusing to submit to certain chemical tests or other requests from law enforcement officers. This does not mean, however, that every time a police officer accuses someone of drunk driving, he or she is convicted.
Anyone pulled over for DUI is advised to pay close attention to the process that unfolds with regard to what the officer in charge says and does during the traffic stop. There have been many past occasions where a person charged with intoxicated driving was able to avoid conviction because arresting officers failed to adhere to strictly prescribed protocol governing searches and/or field sobriety tests. Anything you say to an officer who is questioning you during a traffic stop is able to be used against you by prosecutors should charges end up being filed.
To avoid self-incrimination and obtain the best possible outcome, it often helps to request immediate assistance from a defense lawyer. At Derryberry & Naifeh, LLP, we have successfully represented many private citizens , as well as high profile professionals who have faced drunk driving charges in Oklahoma. Our experienced team is able to provide a careful review of each case in order to determine what defense options might best align with a particular situation.
There is typically much at stake for anyone charged with drunk driving. If you are worried about your reputation or have concerns regarding the process of standing trial, you can contact our Oklahoma office for guidance. One of our main goals is to help you minimize the negative impact DUI charges can have on your future.