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Addressing some basic elements of DUI charges

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2024 | DUI

There may be few experiences in life as stressful as being accused of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Regardless of how it happens, if you stand accused of such offenses, you might not have the necessary legal knowledge to know how best to handle the subsequent process. 

Navigating the criminal justice system can be a stressful and complex process, and the outcome of your situation could have a significant effect on your future. Evaluating some basic elements of DUI charges in Oklahoma may help you understand what to expect and help you prepare to seek guidance on the best course of action to take to protect your future. 

Basic elements 

There are various types of laws that govern the topic of impaired driving in this state, and some basic elements of these laws may include: 

  • Driver impairment: Knowing the scenarios in which an arrest for DUI charges may occur can be vital. Having a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher or having a Schedule I substance within your body are just two examples of such scenarios. 
  • Underage DUI: When it comes to accusations of DUI while underage, there might not be a minimum limit of alcohol content before an arrest for similar offenses can occur. 
  • Possible penalties: It may also be vital to understand the possible penalties involved with DUI charges. Even a first offense could lead to up to one year in jail and significant fines, and penalties may only increase with each successive conviction. 
  • Your rights: Understanding your constitutional rights could also be imperative. If authorities violate your rights in any way, any evidence collected in the process might not be usable against you in court.  

There may also be certain types of programs available to those facing the possibility of a DUI conviction, such as diversion programs and plea bargains. Knowing how to tell if such options are viable paths in your situation can prove imperative. 

Understanding your options 

Facing DUI charges may never be easy, and there could be numerous types of factors to consider when preparing a strategy to protect your future interests. Fortunately, this isn’t a process that you must navigate all on your own. With so much at stake, it could be in your best interests to seek insight in addressing all your available options and creating a thorough strategy with which to pursue the best outcome possible regarding your future during subsequent court proceedings.