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Man accused of stealing van also facing drug charges

Oklahoma police recently arrested a man accused of stealing a nonprofit organization's vehicle. He is currently facing allegations for eluding a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle and multiple drug charges. The van was also returned to the organization.

The Peaceful Family Solutions nonprofit group uses a 15-passenger van to transport families and their children to various programs put on by the organization. However, one Wednesday morning in June 2018, staff members showed up to work to find the vehicle missing. They told police there was a chair outside of an open window at the building, where the vehicle's keys were missing.

Driver Impairment Awareness Day is coming to Oklahoma

Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or cell phone usage can lead to accidents, serious crashes and even death. It’s important for officers to be able to spot the warning signs of impaired drivers and act accordingly. It’s also Important for drivers to understand how impaired driving affects themselves and others on the road.

On June 12 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the first Driver Impairment Awareness Day will take place. Two Oklahoma cannabis companies, Herbal Wellness Extracts and Oklahoma Natural Grass will pair up with Muskogee County sheriff’s and the Muskogee Police Department to allow volunteers to ingest alcohol or marijuana under the surveillance of a certified driving instructor. The volunteers will then drive around a labeled course and take part in a field sobriety test performed by the officers.

Marijuana-related DUI charges are serious

Medical marijuana is legal in Oklahoma, which has led to an increase in consumption across the state. Despite the legality of consuming marijuana for approved medical purposes, many users are unfamiliar with the laws regarding drug consumption and driving. Because of this, many drivers who understand that drinking and driving will lead to a DUI do not realize that they can be charged for driving while high.

A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicated that approximately 14.8 million people in America drove within an hour of marijuana use in the last 30 days before participating in the survey. That same survey also found that 70% of American adults believe that drivers who are high on marijuana are unlikely to be caught by the authorities. However, driving within one to four hours after marijuana use can be both dangerous and obvious. Most of the impairing effects of this drug use happen within that time frame, and these drivers are two times as likely to end up in a car accident.

Correctional officers facing drug charges

Two former correctional officers were recently arrested for allegedly taking part in drug activities at their place of work. The husband and wife duo are expected to have multiple drug charges filed against them, including charges for trafficking a controlled substance. It is unclear how law enforcement were first made aware of the apparent drug activity.

The 42-year-old husband and 36-year-old wife were both working at an Oklahoma jail as correctional officers. After being made aware of possible drug activity by the married couple, members of the drug task force as well as individuals from another agency obtained a search warrant for the couple's home. The search allegedly uncovered a significant amount of methamphetamine, which amounted to about 72 grams.

I was charged with domestic assault. Now what?

Domestic violence is an extremely sensitive matter that can be difficult to address. This is because domestic assault charges generally involve a significant amount of emotional upheaval from all parties, both the accused and the alleged victim/s. If you were accused of committing domestic assault, it's beneficial to understand both what is at stake and what you should do to stay on the right side of things while you address your charges.

Police in Oklahoma generally take reports of domestic assault quite seriously, even if they were notified by a neighbor who simply heard yelling and not by the alleged victim. Officers can even make an arrest if they suspect they have found evidence of domestic assault. The alleged victim does not have to cooperate with police questioning for officers to still move forward with the arrest.

Mother charged with DUI for single-vehicle wreck

Police in Oklahoma recently arrested a woman who they say was under the influence of alcohol when she lost control of her vehicle. Her child was apparently in the vehicle at the time. She is facing multiple criminal charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment by DUI. She is currently out of police custody on $3,000 bond.

On April 30, 2019, somebody contacted police about a single-vehicle crash in which the driver had ended up in a ditch. The individual told police that they spotted a woman fleeing the scene while holding a child. According to that witness, the woman appeared to be intoxicated and was having trouble staying upright.

Juvenile delinquency: 10-year-old charged in low-speed car chase

Police in Oklahoma recently arrested a child they say led them on a car chase. The young boy was arrested and transported to a juvenile facility, and is now charged with misdemeanor charges for trying to avoid the police and traffic violations. Dealing with matters involving juvenile delinquency can be sensitive in nature, particularly in regard to especially young children who still have their whole lives ahead of them.

According to officers, early in the day a 10-year-old boy had become angry with his aunt and locked himself in her vehicle. As the aunt was trying to persuade the young boy to exit the vehicle, he reportedly drove off. His aunt then contacted police to let them know that her vehicle had been taken by the child.

Police file DUI charges against woman driving on rim of tire

A woman who was reportedly driving on the rim of one of her tires was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say this is the woman's second DUI offense, and she is also facing charges for transporting an open container, operating a car with defective tires and driving without a driver's license in her possession. Her bail was set at $2,000.

The Oklahoma police officers who initiated the traffic stop said that they heard the car approaching before they saw it. The 28-year-old woman behind the wheel then drove past the police officers on the rimmed tire, at which point they pulled the driver over. She allegedly admitted to having two shots of tequila and then performed poorly during a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. Police say they also found a cup containing a margarita inside her vehicle.

Drunk driving tests not bulletproof

Police often use various tests on drivers accused of drunk driving to measure impairment, from field sobriety tests to blood tests. As such, people might think a DUI charge is an open-and-shut case. It’s not.

There are a lot of variables when it comes to impairment tests, which can affect the charges.

New study shows benefits of expungement laws

Once you are in the criminal justice system, it is difficult to ever fully be free of it. Even if you serve your sentence and do not commit any additional offenses, your criminal record may continue to negatively impact your life for years to come.

Thankfully, some criminal records can be removed from public view through the process of expungement. Each state has its own expungement laws, and you can read more about Oklahoma’s statutes on our expungement page. In today’s post, we’ll examine some research on why expungement is good for individuals and society as a whole.

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