Oklahoma Driver’s License and DPS
You may be surprised to learn that when you are charged with DUI in Oklahoma, you are really facing two separate actions: a criminal charge, which is heard in a court of law and a civil action against your driving privileges by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), the same agency that issues drivers licenses. The action is heard by DPS in an administrative license hearing.
You only have 15 days from the day of your arrest to request the administrative hearing. Otherwise, you forfeit your chance to defend your driver’s license, which will be automatically revoked 30 days after your arrest for a period of no less than 180 days.
Immediately After Your Arrest
Upon your arrest for DUI, the arresting officer will confiscate your driver’s license and issue you a temporary driving permit, which will be good for 30 days. The clock is now ticking on your window to save your driving privileges. Remember, you only have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request the administrative hearing.
If you submitted to a blood test at the time of your arrest, the officer generally will not take your license and you will have additional time to request a hearing. If you are arrested for a DUI involving drugs, DPS will suspend your license only after receiving an abstract that you were convicted of this charge in the criminal case.
Requesting the DPS Hearing
If you request the DPS hearing for yourself, make sure you have proof that it was submitted on time. If the request is lost in the mail, DPS will claim that it was never received, which could result in a lengthy suspension.
Fighting to Save Your License
The attorneys at the Hunsucker Legal Group today routinely—and successfully—represent clients at both DPS administrative hearings and criminal court trials. And if you call us within 15 days of your arrest, we can contact DPS on your behalf to ensure that you are granted the administrative license hearing.
Call the Hunsucker Legal Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case.
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