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The Oklahoma DUI process

Driving under the influence is a serious offense that can lead to injury and possibly death. Therefore, the courts treat it severely, and so should anyone facing DUI charges.

In order to preserve their rights and freedom, it is important that drivers handle the situation properly. They should be prepared for the Oklahoma DUI process.

The traffic stop

During a stop, law enforcement officers may word their request for a sobriety test as if it is mandatory, but that is not always the case. In the state of Oklahoma, it is not a requirement for drivers to submit to any field sobriety tests. However, with Oklahoma being an implied consent state, refusing to take the test may result in an automatic license revocation. 

The process after arrest

If a law enforcement officer believes the driver is drunk, arrest is imminent. Upon release from jail, a person receives paperwork, including a notice of license revocation in 30 days. To avoid this, he or she must request a hearing within the first 15 days. During the hearing, the court decides if the individual may maintain the license, or if additional steps are necessary.

Penalties

There are stiff penalties that may come with a DUI charge. Depending upon if there was an accident or if the driver has any previous DUI charges, the penalties may vary. For instance, a first-time offender may face a license suspension up to six months, jail time between 10 days and a year, and fines up to $1,000. For additional charges, individuals face longer suspension and jail periods, and fines up to $5,000. Considering the seriousness of such charges, having a knowledgeable DUI attorney represent the driver may be very beneficial. 

This is just a brief overview of the process. Someone who faces a DUI charge will want to make sure to understand the law and the process fully in order to make the best decision moving forward.

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