Experienced Defense Against Drunk Driving Charges
Drunk driving is a common but serious crime in Oklahoma. The state’s DUI laws are strict. Because of the severe consequences of a DUI conviction on your record, it is important to fight the charges with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. For representation in Norman and surrounding areas, you can rely on B. Hall Law.
Drunk Driving And ‘Actual Physical Control’
In Oklahoma, you can be convicted of a “per se” DUI if a blood or breath test reveals a blood-alcohol concentration at or above 0.08 percent. You can also be convicted with a BAC below 0.08 percent if you are found to be sufficiently impaired to the point that you are incapable of safely driving the vehicle.
Most people don’t realize, however, that you can be charged with DUI without even driving. As long as you are in actual physical control (APC) of the vehicle (such as sitting in the driver’s seat with the engine running), you are subject to the same DUI laws as if the vehicle was moving.
Fighting The Criminal Charges
There are numerous ways to effectively defend against DUI charges. Here are just a few common examples that could apply to your case:
- Disputing the reason for the traffic stop (lack of probable cause or reasonable suspicion)
- Disputing how the officer conducted field sobriety tests
- Contesting the accuracy of breath-test machines
You can and should fight DUI charges because of the severity of consequences associated with a conviction. In addition to fines, jail time and a suspended license, a conviction could also impact your employment and your reputation in the community.
Protecting Your Drivers License By Requesting A Hearing
Following a drunk driving arrest, you will be facing criminal charges and a separate civil action that could result in the suspension of your driver’s license. Starting from the day you are arrested, you have just 15 days to request an administrative license suspension hearing with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
Once the hearing is scheduled, your driving privileges will remain intact until or unless the DPS issues a ruling upholding the suspension. Our firm is ready to represent you at the administrative hearing as well as in criminal court. Our goal is to help you avoid suspension altogether. In cases where this is not possible, we can help you seek a modified license to allow you to drive to and from work and to transport your children.