In most cases, a first-time DUI offender in Oklahoma will be charged with a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor charge is not as severe as a felony; however, you may still face penalties for a misdemeanor DUI conviction.
What punishments can I expect from a misdemeanor DUI conviction?
The penalties for a misdemeanor DUI depend on a number of factors. First, whether your case is filed in municipal (city) court or state district court will determine the severity of punishments, as cases filed in state court usually incur stiffer penalties than those filed in municipal court.
Other factors that can have an influence on your sentence include your blood alcohol content, whether you had a minor in the vehicle with you, and whether there were injuries sustained.
What happens to my license if I am convicted of misdemeanor DUI?
Every DUI case, whether misdemeanor or felony, consists of two separate actions. One is a criminal charge, which is heard in a court and decided by a judge or jury. The other is a civil action against your driver’s license. This action is carried out by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS)—the same agency that issues driver’s licenses—and is decided in an administrative hearing.
Although you are entitled to this administrative hearing, Oklahoma state law dictates that you only have 15 days from the time of your arrest to contact DPS and request the hearing. If you fail to request the hearing within 15 days, you will forfeit your chance to have the hearing and your license will be automatically revoked on the 30th day for a period of no less than six months.
It is imperative that you contact the DPS immediately after being charged with DUI. If the hearing is not requested, not even a lawyer will be able to help you overturn your license revocation and obtain a modified driver’s license.
Help for your Oklahoma DUI case
If you have been charged with DUI in Oklahoma City, call the Hunsucker Legal Group. Our staff of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys can help defend your driving privileges at the DPS hearing and will fight on your behalf at the criminal court trial. If you contact us within 15 days of your arrest, we can arrange the DPS administrative hearing on your behalf.
Call the Hunsucker Legal Group at 405-231-5600 to schedule a free, no-risk case consultation today.
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