Driving under the influence is a serious problem in the United States. The FBI found that the number of men arrested for DUI dropped by 16.8 percent in the years from 2003 to 2012. The number of women arrested for DUI during the same period increased by 20.9 percent. Men do make up the majority of impaired drivers, but women's arrests are on the rise.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, chances are very good that you were given a breath test to measure your blood alcohol content indirectly. In many cases, this is the only test given, although it is supposed to be confirmed by a larger unit at the police station after your arrest. Officers have the option to ask for blood or urine as well, but many do not. As a result, there is very often little confirmation of the breath test's accuracy, and that can lead to innocent drivers being accused of DUI.
If a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma stops you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, there is a good chance that you will face a DUI. If you have never been charged with a DUI, it can be helpful to know what to expect should you get pulled over on the way home from a bar, restaurant or sporting event.
Over the past half century, the push by policymakers and law enforcement officials to curtail drinking and driving in the public interest has led to a number of social changes. Among them is the use of blood, urine, and breath tests to determine whether a driver has been operating a vehicle under the influence. Unfortunately, in practice many law enforcement agencies rely almost exclusively on breath testing, which can be rendered inaccurate in several different ways. This has led some to question whether motorists should refuse to take a test if asked. The short answer is no, because there are laws that state that possession of a driver's license implies your consent to be tested, so refusing the test is unlawful.
Of all the traffic laws that drivers on American roads are intended to understand and follow, DUI laws tend to be the most discussed and the most often revised and revisited. That's because while no one wants to invite impaired drivers to put others at risk on the road, the level of impairment that actually constitutes a risk and the best way to measure it are both controversial. With some contending that the effects of substances are so variable that drawing a line in the sand is difficult, and others pushing to increase penalties to discourage risky behavior, understanding how these laws operate in the real world can be frustrating.
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If you've been charged with a DUI, you're probably worried. And rightfully so. Oklahoma is notorious for tough laws against drunk drivers. You only need a drunk driving charge - not a conviction - to have your license suspended. Even a first offense comes with jail time.