If you have been issued a DUI citation in Oklahoma City contact John Mac Hayes at 405-235-5200 for legal representation.
If you are arrested for DUI in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, you will be charged under Oklahoma state DUI law, not local law. A DUI conviction carries with it many different types of penalties and will saddle you with a permanent criminal record. A DUI charge doesn’t have to result in a conviction, however – one alternative to a conviction is to plea bargain your way to conviction of a lesser offense.
Oklahoma DUI Penalties
Even though DUI laws have been progressively beefed up all over the country for decades now, Oklahoma DUI laws are among the nation’s toughest. In Oklahoma you are legally drunk if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) registers 0.08 percent, and if you are under 21 even a BAC of 0.02 can support a conviction. Oklahoma first offense DUI penalties include the following:
- mandatory jail time of five days to a year
- mandatory 30-day drivers’ license revocation
- a fine of up to $1,000
- mandatory substance abuse counseling
A plea bargain occurs when you make a deal with the prosecutor to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Prosecutors accept plea bargains by pleading guilty you waive your right to a criminal trial. The prosecutor avoids the time, effort and money necessary to prosecute you, and also avoids the risk that you might be acquitted and walk free. A prosecutor might be motivated to accept a DUI plea bargain if your BAC was just above or slightly below the legal limit. Plea bargains must be negotiated, however, and the average DUI defendant lacks the skill and knowledge to negotiate with a prosecutor. Quite frankly, your chances are much better if you leave negotiation to an experienced Warr Acres DUI attorney who has already cultivated a working relationship with the prosecutor.
A “wet reckless” conviction is the most common result of a successful DUI plea bargain. Pleading guilty to wet reckless means you are less likely to have to go to jail or lose your driver’s license than if you had been convicted of DUI. Ironically, however, a conviction for wet reckless may raise your auto insurance rates even more than a DUI will, because actuarial tables indicate that the driving risk for wet reckless offenders is even higher than the risk for first offense DUI offenders.
There is one circumstance in which a wet reckless conviction is treated exactly the same as a DUI. If you are arrested for another DUI within 10 years, your wet reckless conviction will be treated as a prior DUI offense and you will be charged with felony DUI.
DUI charges don’t go away if you ignore them, and representing yourself in a DUI case makes about as much sense as trying to remove your own appendix. The services of an Oklahoma City DUI lawyer are a necessity, not a luxury, regardless of whether you want to plea bargain or to take your chances in court. John Mac Hayes is an experienced and aggressive Oklahoma DUI attorney who works tirelessly for his clients and is not afraid to stand up and fight for them. If you have been charged with DUI in Warr Acres or elsewhere in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, call us today at 405-235-5200 for a free consultation.