Oklahoma Driver’s License and DPS
This page is for those arrested after November 1, 2019. If you were arrested before November 1, 2019, click here. You may be surprised to learn that when you are charged with DUI or APC 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. DPS is going to try and take your driving privileges regardless of what happens with the criminal case.
You only have 30 days from the day of your arrest to make decisions concerning the best option for you to take and then notify DPS or the Court of that choice. Otherwise, you forfeit your chance to defend your driver’s license by filing a District Court Appeal or take advantage of the IDAP program, which will result in your driving privileges be automatically revoked 30 days after your arrest for a period of no less than 180 days. If it is your second revocation within the previous ten years, the revocation period will be for one year. If it is you third revocation within the previous ten years, the revocation will be for three years
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 30 days from the date of your arrest to request admission to the IDAP program or to fight the charge by filing an appeal challenging the revocation in District Court.
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 and you submit to the blood test, DPS will suspend your license only after receiving notice from the court that you were convicted of this charge in the criminal case. If the blood test shows an alcohol level above the legal limit, then DPS will notify you and your time to take action begins.
Fighting to Save Your License
The attorneys at the Hunsucker Legal Group today routinely—and successfully—represent clients at both Dostrict Court Appeals as well as criminal court trials. Contact us within 30 days of your arrest to ensure that you are fully informed of your options and the ramifications of those options. Our goal is to make sure you have the best legal advice to assist you in making your decision on how to proceed.
Call the Hunsucker Legal Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case.
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