Being charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) can be one of the most frightening and stressful moments of your life. Alcohol, illegal, or prescription drugs can impair driving to an unsafe, unlawful level. Whatever the situation, you need an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. You want to choose a Miami, OK DUI lawyer who will take the time to get to know you, understand your case, fight tirelessly for your rights, and has your best interests in mind.
Any drunk driving or drug-related DUI charge is a serious matter, whatever the exact circumstances and wherever the arrest occurred. Please recognize that: even the most basic first-offense Oklahoma DUI conviction can bring a sentence of up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine plus hundreds in additional fees, driver’s license suspension and more.
“Aggravating factors” such as a prior DUI conviction or the presence of a person under 18 in the vehicle dramatically increase the potential for a lengthy jail sentence and other life-changing penalties.
Special laws and penalties — including driver’s license suspension for up to two full years — apply if you are arrested for DUI when you are under 21.
You have only 15 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing and/or a modified, limited driver’s license through the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can be charged against you several ways in Oklahoma. If you are arrested by a city or municipal police officer, the police officer has the option (subject to their department’s policies) of charging you in the city court or in the state district court. If the DUI is filed in the city court, the penalties range from no jail time to 6 months jail time and/or a fine. If you are arrested by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a county deputy, the charge will be filed in the state district court.
If it is your first driving under the influence (DUI) offense and no one was injured, the DUI will be filed as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor DUI carries a fine of up to $1000.00 and jail time of at least 10 days but not more than one year in the county jail. If you would like an assessment on your individual case by experienced Miami Oklahoma DUI Attorneys, call our firm immediately for a free consultation.