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Tougher DUI Laws To Take Effect Tuesday

Stiffer laws to help curb drunk driving will go into effect Tuesday in Oklahoma and will require even some first-time drunk driving offenders to have an interlocking ignition device installed on their vehicle.

Currently, only second-time offenders are required to have the device installed. The device measures a driver’s blood alcohol content, and the driver must first blow into it before being able to start the vehicle.

In addition, affected drivers must have “Interlock Required” indicted on their license for as long as the device is required for them to drive. Those drivers will not be allowed to drive without the device and are responsible for the installation costs.

The device will be required for the first 18 months after a first offense of drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher. For a second or subsequent offense of drunk driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, the interlock will be required for four years.

The new law also removes the ability for judges to allow DUI offenders to enter a plea bargain and plead guilty to a lesser offense.

If you or your loved one is facing criminal DUI or DWI charges, you need an aggressive Oklahoma City DUI attorney who can protect your rights. Contact Chavers & Guhl LLP today for an initial consultation.

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