Stillwater DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with DUI in Oklahoma, you may be feeling panicked. It is a frightening situation and you have probably heard of the consequences. They can be severe and life-altering. If you want to minimize your penalties, you should hire an experienced Stillwater DUI attorney.
At Murray Law Firm, you will be welcomed without judgment and be offered a free initial consultation. You don’t have to pay for this charge for the rest of your life. Let our attorney James Murray defend your rights and fight for your justice.
DUI Penalties to Avoid
There are two charges for drinking and driving; DUI which is driving under the influence, and DWI which is driving while impaired. Which one you will be charged with depends on your BAC or blood alcohol content. If you think that you can just have one drink then drive, know that you can still be charged with DWI. The legal limits are:
- A BAC of 0.08% or more if you are 21 years or older (you’ll be charged with DUI)
- Any amount of alcohol in the bloodstream for someone under 21 (you’ll be charged with DUI)
- A BAC of 0.04% for someone with a Commercial Driver’s License (you’ll be charged with DUI)
- A BAC between 0.05% and 0.08% (you’ll be charged with DWI)
If you were pulled over and you refuse to take a blood alcohol test, you will have your license revoked and you may be arrested. This is going to happen to every person who refuses a test. It is illegal to refuse to take a test because in Oklahoma, you are giving implied consent to taking a test just by getting behind the wheel of a car. It is always better to take the test and have your Stillwater DUI attorney fight the charge later. It is unwise to refuse the test if you have not been drinking at all. What would have been a misunderstanding will turn into a criminal charge. If you want to challenge the revocation, you must request an Administrative hearing within 15 days and you may be able to get your license back. Your attorney can help you with that.
Here is a chart you can use to determine how long your license may be taken away:
|BAC between 0.05% and 0.08%||BAC of 0.08% or over||Under 21 years old with any BAC|
|First Offense||30 day suspension||180 day suspension||6 month suspension|
|Second Offense||6 month suspension||1 year suspension (w/ 1 prior DUI conviction)||1 year suspension|
|Third Offense||1 year suspension||3 year suspension (w/ 2 prior DUI convictions)||36 month suspension|
On top of the penalties of having your license revoked, you will have to have criminal penalties. If you are convicted of DWI, you may have to pay a fine that will be $100-$500 as well as spending up to 6 months in prison.
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For DUIs there are three tiers to which you can face criminal penalties:
- First offenders may face a misdemeanor charge, pay a fine of up to $1,000, and spend from 10 days up to a year in prison.
- Second offenders are looking at a felony charge with a fine of up to $5,000, and from one to seven years in prison.
- Third time offenders (and any subsequent offenders) face a felony charge with a fine of up to $5,000, as well as prison time anywhere from one to ten years.
If the idea of facing any of these penalties scares you, please consider calling an experienced Stillwater DUI attorney. This is not something that you want to try to handle on your own. Your livelihood is on the line and you don’t want to have this charge follow you around for the rest of your life.
What an Attorney Can Do for You
In Oklahoma, there is no law prohibiting the reduction of a DUI charge. That is news that should make you feel very relieved because it may be able to keep you from potentially being charged with a felony if you are a multiple offender. An attorney will work closely with you to see if your charge can be reduced and to what extent you can have it reduced. It may be your saving grace to have an attorney on your side.
If you are worried about your DUI or DWI charge in Oklahoma, please know that you don’t have to stand back and let yourself be punished. You can take action and fight the charges and minimize any potential penalties. With the help of a Stillwater DUI attorney, you can make an appeal to get your license back. This is an immense help if you are concerned that you won’t be able to provide for your family. Not having a license makes it very hard to do that and our attorney James Murray at Murray Law Firm is equipped to handle the toughest cases. Please call our office today for a free confidential consultation.