With the holidays looming, your calendar may be filling up with parties and get-togethers. The festive feeling of these parties, the closeness of family and friends and the new year ahead may provide the perfect excuses for you to let go of inhibitions and enjoy yourself. However, those warm feelings may quickly fade away if you are pulled over for drunk driving. In Oklahoma, a DUI conviction can result in serious consequences.
If you depend on your driver's license for your job, a DUI charge may jeopardize that. In fact, in some cases, your license may be suspended even without a conviction. To have your license reinstated, you will have to go through administrative channels that are different from the criminal process. If there are also criminal charges against you for your DUI incident, those will be handled separately.
If your license if suspended, you will have a limited amount of time to contest it before the Department of Public Safety. Having a lawyer present will be immensely helpful. Your attorney will have the experience to know how best to persuade the DPA representative to reinstate or at least modify your suspension so you will be able to drive to and from your job.
It goes without saying that the criminal side of your DUI arrest could potentially carry even harsher penalties than a suspended license. If you have previous drunk driving convictions in Oklahoma or were involved in an accident, a conviction may result in a substantial period of time behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines. Having an attorney by your side as soon as possible after your arrest will improve your chances of a more positive outcome.