Any time someone has a blood-alcohol level of more than .08%, they may be charged with driving under the influence. If someone is caught driving under the influence of alcohol, but their blood-alcohol levels are below .08%, they may be charged with a lesser offense of driving while impaired or DWI. If you have been charged with an alcohol-related offense, you need to act quickly.
Driving under the influence or DUI is treated with the utmost importance and punishments can be severe. In Oklahoma, a drunk driving arrest triggers two separate cases.
First of all, you may have your license suspended for up to six months if you fail to file a hearing request with the Department of Public Safety within 15 days of your arrest. Consequently, you will lose the ability to do everyday tasks such as run to the store, drive to work or pickup your children from school. Obviously, your life would be greatly affected in every aspect. If you fail to file with DPS, you waive the right for that hearing.
Secondly, there are criminal charges that you will have to face. Depending on your reported blood-alcohol level and the details of the arrest and incident, you may face a wide array of punishments and fines resulting from the case.
A DUI or DWI may be issued for abuse of other substances in addition to alcohol or instead of alcohol. Any substance rendering the driver less capable of operating a motor vehicle can elicit these charges.
If you are convicted of your first offense of a DUI or DWI, you could face:
- jail time of up to a year
- jail time of up to four years if someone under the age of 18 was in the car at the time
- a fine of $1000 or double that if a minor is in the vehicle
- a license suspension of 30 days
- fees of at least $300
- mandatory participation in a treatment program
You need an Oklahoma City DUI attorney who is experienced with criminal jury trials and who can fight for your freedoms. We are former prosecutors with more than 30 years of experience between us both. We have experience in more than 130 criminal jury trials and are ready to help you today. We get results! Your freedom and quality of life may depend on the quality of Oklahoma City DUI lawyers you choose to represent you. Call Chavers & Guhl and be confident you have the best Oklahoma City DWI lawyers to fight for you.