If you are seeking legal representation after receiving a DUI citation in Oklahoma City contact The JMH Law Firm today at 405-235-5200. We have legal professionals that can help you reduce or completely dismiss DUI charges. Remember that addressing these DUI concerns sooner rather than later is the correct decision as it will make it much easier, and less stressful, to lessen the charges. If you have any questions related to a DUI in the state of Oklahoma feel free to reach out to us at any time.
When Should You Contact an Oklahoma City DUI Lawyer?
Immediately. The longer you wait to contact a DUI lawyer the more problems could arise. A legal professional will be able to give you advice when it comes to your first appearance in court and how you should plead. Having helped hundreds of individuals with a DUI citation John Mac Hayes is the right choice when it comes to choosing an Oklahoma City DUI Lawyer. Allow our team to help you reduce or dismiss your DUI citation today.
If you have been given a citation it is a wise decision to contact us today. We can help you better understand your options moving forward. If you are a first time offender there are programs that will allow you to reduce or dismiss your DUI ticket. This could save you quite a bit of time and money over the course of the next several months. It will also assist with many other areas of life such as employment.
How is an Oklahoma City DUI Charged?
If an offender is arrested by a city or municipal police officer, the law enforcement officer has the option to charge the offender in a city court or a state district court. The penalties differ depending on the level of court. In the city court the penalties will rank from no jail time to six (6) months along with a fine. If an offender is arrested by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol or a county deputy the charge will be filed in a state district court.
If this is your first offense, no one was hurt and there was not a minor in the vehicle the DUI is filed as a misdemeanor. Currently, a state DUI misdemeanor would mean jail time of at least 10 days but not more than a year and a fine up to $1000. There is the potential of the sentence being deferred which would result in no jail time or conviction. Seek an experienced and reputable Oklahoma City DUI lawyer to have your drunk driving sentence deferred.
If your DUI charge is in Oklahoma City Municipal Court the fines can be up to $1200 and there is the potential of 180 days in jail. If the charge is not dismissed or overturned at a trial generally an offender will pay a fine and receive 180 days of probation. Remember that Oklahoma City Municipal Court is a court of record so the charges can be increased to a felony if the offender is arrested for a DUI a second, third or fourth time.
If you have a prior DUI conviction in a court of record (Oklahoma City and Tulsa) the charges can be used to increase your offense to a felony. A felony DUI charge could mean a fine of $7500 and up to 10 years of jail time in a state penitentiary.
If you get into an accident while driving under the influence the state can charge you with a felony even if it is your first DUI offense. Car accidents resulting from a DUI are a very serious matter in Oklahoma City and the entire state of Oklahoma. If a wrongful death occurs due to a drunk driving accident the offender can be charged with manslaughter which carries the possibility of life in prison in a state penitentiary.
Car Crashes Caused by Someone Driving Under the Influence
A number of those charged with DUI in the Oklahoma City area will receive their citation after they have been in a car accident. Before assuming that you will lose your license and get thrown in jail for your actions we strongly encourage you to contact us. As an experienced Oklahoma City DUI lawyer we will be able to explain you your rights. We will also know what to look for when it comes to field sobriety tests.
Remember that Oklahoma DUI laws are similar but not exactly the same as Texas DWI laws. If you have been pulled over in Texas for a DWI we encourage you to contact our friend Mario Madrid, an esteemed Houston DWI Lawyer. If you have any questions as it relates to the different laws in Texas and Oklahoma do not hesitate to give us a phone call today.