THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE.
The Consequences of a DUI Arrest
When you're arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it's important to realize you're fighting two cases at once: a criminal case in the district court and an administrative case with the Department of Public Safety.
Protect Your Drivers License
Upon your arrest, the process of your license revocation begins. Starting November 1, 2019, the Impaired Driver Accountability Program ("IDAP") became law in Oklahoma. From the date of your arrest, you have thirty (30) days to decide whether to enter the program or challenge the revocation of your license in district court. If you do nothing, your license will be revoked automatically.
Under IDAP, it is possible to avoid a revocation of your driver's license with the agreement that you install an interlock ("blow-and-go") in your vehicle. However, there are certain circumstances where it is appropriate and advisable to challenge the revocation before a judge.
To protect your right to drive and understand your rights, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. From there, you can assess the options available to you and decide how you would like to proceed in protecting your driver's license.
Protect Your Freedom
The criminal prosecution of your DUI charge has the potential for serious consequences. A first-time DUI offense can subject you to up to a maximum of one year in jail and up to a $1,000.00 fine. If you are charged with aggravated DUI, there the possibility of additional treatment and the imposition of an interlock in your vehicle. Additionally, driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs is considered a "predicate" offense in Oklahoma, meaning a second or subsequent charge of DUI may be charged as a felony offense.
Make sure to find an attorney to represent you who understands the consequences and will work to defend you.