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Woman suspected of drunk driving had children in the car

It is not uncommon for police in Oklahoma to stop a vehicle for a minor infraction only to discover more serious issues inside the vehicle. When this happens, the driver of the vehicle may risk arrest by not understanding his or her rights and the limitations and boundaries of law enforcement. Instead of receiving a citation for a faulty headlight, the driver may end up in jail facing serious charges like drunk driving.

One woman is now facing numerous charges after police pulled her over around 2:30 a.m. for a defective light. A sheriff's deputy reported noticing the woman's eyes were red and watery. She allegedly slurred her words when she spoke. The deputy asked the woman to step out of the car and reported that she did so with difficulty. Putting these and other signs together, the deputy concluded that the woman was likely intoxicated.

Apparently, what disturbed the officer most was that the woman's 4- and 6-year-old children were in the back seat of the car. She allegedly failed the field sobriety tests although a breath test indicated a low level of alcohol in her blood. Officers concluded that she must have been impaired by drugs, but the woman admitted to drinking something green. A check of her records revealed a previous DUI and other outstanding warrants.

When facing drugged or drunk driving charges in Oklahoma, a driver may find those charges compounded by other circumstances. Causing an accident, having previous DUIs or transporting children are some of those factors that can increase the severity of the charges. However, any charge for impaired driving can mean serious penalties if convicted. Having the representation of an attorney can make all the difference to someone in this situation.

Source: kjrh.com, "Tulsa mother in jail after driving intoxicated with two young kids in the car", Ashley Holt, Aug. 3, 2017

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