Archive for DUI

Impaired Driving: Know the Facts

It only takes one drink to slow your reflexes and impact your attention span. After two drinks your ability to concentrate is impaired. After three you start to begin to experience physical impairments from the alcohol. Four or more can lead to dizziness, vomiting and passing out.

You have heard this all before. In fact, if you are under 50 years of age, you have heard this continually since you were old enough to understand. Sadly, hearing it so often has made many people tune out these important facts and they do not take the seriousness of operating a vehicle under the influence to heart. read more

DUI & DWI Law: Penalties and Charges

The penalties associated with driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) can vary greatly in Oklahoma. Many factors must be considered when looking at DUI & DWI penalties, which is why it is imperative to seek legal representation from a Tulsa DUI attorney if you have been charged with one of these offenses.

The Difference Between DUI and DWI

You are considered DUI if you have a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. If your blood alcohol levels exceed .15 percent, you will be charged with aggravated DUI. Aggravated DUI carries much higher fines and jail time requirements. read more

Claremore DUI Lawyer

“If you’re going to drink, don’t drive”. This is excellent advice, but thousands of drivers will be charged this year with driving under the influence (DUI) just the same. Not all of these drivers deserve the penalties that accompany a first time DUI, and it’s actually possible to be incorrectly charged with a DUI. Given what a DUI conviction can mean in terms of driving privileges in the state of Oklahoma, a driver would be unwise not to contest such a verdict, but instead should consult with a Claremore DUI lawyer. All DUI Laws Are Not Alike While the purpose of all DUI laws is to punish inebriated drivers and to keep repeat offenders off of the roadways, drivers should understand that there are variances to these laws by state, and sometimes even between communities within a single state. It’s important that drivers understand these differences, both to avoid running afoul of regulations, and to protect their rights.

Oklahoma makes a distinction between the conditions of DUI and DWI (driving while impaired), which has to do with the driver’s Blood Alcohol Level (BAC). Not all states make a clear distinction between DUI and DWI, but in Oklahoma, drivers with alcohol in their system but a BAC of under (0.08%) are considered DWI, while drivers with a BAC of or over (0.08%) are considered DUI. The penalty differences between a DWI and a DUI in Oklahoma are significant. While earning either one is not preferable, DWI offenses generally do not indicate criminal prosecution or revocation of driving privileges for a single incident. Both are possible with a DUI. Oklahoma police can also arrest drivers whom they suspect of being intoxicated, even if they are not driving, the car is not in motion and is safely off of the roadway, and the driver is unconscious and is causing no harm to property or to the public. Conditions that allow such an arrest are known as actual physical control (APC). The argument behind such a charge is that the driver was aware of intoxication, and could have resumed driving at any time, causing potential property damage and injury. An APC conviction should not be taken lightly, as the penalties are the same as for a DUI conviction. read more

Owasso DUI Lawyer

Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants is a serious criminal offense in Oklahoma, and a person charged with drunk driving offenses can face severe penalties if convicted. An understanding of Oklahoma laws that can impact your life if you are stopped for drunk driving could prove beneficial, given that charges resulting in conviction could lead to jail time and loss of personal rights and liberties.

Legal Intoxication Limits in Oklahoma

With the exception of commercial and underage drivers, any person found to have a .08% or greater blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level while driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle in Oklahoma is breaking the law. Exceptions to the .08% BAC level law is the .04% or greater BAC level for commercial drivers, and .02% for underage drivers (those under the age of 21). Underage drivers face additional restrictions and penalties under Oklahoma’s zero tolerance law. Both the commercial driver and underage zero tolerance laws are discussed below. read more

What Not To Do When You Get Pulled Over For a DUI

The sleepy town of Owasso is hardly a hotbed of criminal activity, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get our fair share of excitement. One Owasso man recently made sure Owasso got it’s dose of excitement for the month when he led police on a high-speed chase through Tulsa, Owasso, and Sapulpa.

Justin Corley is the 28-year-old man who provided a great example of what not to do when you get pulled over for a DUI. Police noticed Corley when he was driving west on I-44 at a “very low rate of speed” around 3:34 am. Corley exited without signaling and then re-entered without signaling. Police noticed Corley’s car matched the description of a car that fled a police stop earlier that night. read more