Being charged with DUI in Oklahoma, even as a first offense, carries serious legal consequences. It is important to remember, however, that a DUI arrest does not have to end in conviction. When you hire an experienced Oklahoma DUI defense lawyer to handle your case, you give yourself a fighting chance to avoid the costly ramifications of a DUI conviction.
For many Oklahomans, a DUI arrest is the first and only time they have been inside a squad car, seen the inside of a jail cell, or been on the “wrong side” of the criminal justice system. Even those who may have been in trouble with the law before may not understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to a DUI arrest. Fortunately, Oklahoma City DUI lawyer Patrick Quillian can help you successfully navigate your DUI case. From explaining your options and offering sound legal counsel to aggressively defending you before at judge, Patrick Quillian is a tireless advocate for your legal rights.
Oklahoma DUI Laws and Penalties
The only way to ensure that you are never arrested for DUI in Oklahoma is to avoid driving after drinking. Though Oklahoma determines a driver to be intoxicated if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at 0.08 or greater, many people do not fully understand how many—or how few—drinks it can take to reach that level. In fact, the answer is different for everyone and can even vary from time to time in the same person dependent on several factors.
Furthermore, you can be arrested for an alcohol-related driving offense even if your BAC is below 0.08, and you can be arrested even if you are not driving a vehicle. Alcohol-related driving offenses in Oklahoma include:
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – Drivers found to be driving with a BAC of 0.08 or greater are charged with DUI in Oklahoma; however, a driver under the age of 21 may be charged with DUI with a BAC as low as 0.02.
Driving While Impaired (DWI) – If an officer determines that a driver shows signs of impairment, the driver may be charged with DWI with a BAC of only 0.06 or 0.07. Again, drivers under the age of 21 may be criminally charged with a lower BAC.
Actual Physical Control (APC) – A person may be charged with APC if he or she is determined to have control of a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired. Even if the car is parked in a private lot, if the intoxicated person in inside the vehicle and has access to the keys, he or she is considered to have actual physical control of the vehicle. If you decide that you are unable to drive and you attempt to “sleep it off” in your car or wait in your vehicle for a sober friend to come pick you up, it is important that you separate yourself from your keys.
Through experience and innovative defense strategies, Oklahoma DUI defense attorney Patrick Quillian demonstrates continued success in helping his clients fight DUI in Oklahoma City. Just because you have been arrested does not mean you have to be found guilty. An illegal traffic stop or unfounded arrest could lead to a complete dismissal of your charges. If the prosecution’s case is strong, Mr. Quillian may be able to successfully negotiate a plea for a minimal sentence to keep you out of jail. As an Oklahoma City DUI lawyer, Patrick Quillian is committed to providing his clients with the personal attention and individualized defense strategies that deliver the strongest result.