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Dancing is no defense for a DUI

Drivers in Oklahoma my be interested to her about a man who was taken into custody in Ohio on a drunk driving charge after he began dancing during a routine traffic stop. He was pulled over for speeding, but when he seemed confused, officers decided to perform a field sobriety test. Instead of performing the test as directed, the man decided to perform a dance instead.

His act earned him a failure to comply with a police officer charge and a speeding ticket in addition to the DUI charge. His blood alcohol level was 0.24, which is three times the legal limit. When later questioned by a reporter, the man had no recollection of the incident.

Even though the fact that someone might dance during a traffic stop may seem funny, it should not be forgotten that DUIs are taken very seriously by prosecutors. Numerous accidents involving death or serious injury caused by drunk drivers have led to a nationwide push for strict enforcement of DUI laws and maximum penalties. Even a first offense in Oklahoma could lead to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, license suspension and hundreds of dollars in other fees. Additionally, a DUI can lead to one being fired, being disqualified for future jobs or simply being unable to get to work.

For these reasons, the assistance of a DUI defense attorney may be a good idea for those facing DUI charges. The circumstances surrounding a DUI often may present several opportunities for the charges to be reduced or dismissed altogether. For example, the police must have a legally valid reason for making the initial stop. In addition, strict procedures must be followed in field sobriety and BAC testing to ensure that the results are valid. Even if the evidence is strong, a criminal defense attorney may be able to work out a favorable deal with the prosecutor and possibly help avoid the most serious consequences.

Source: Huffington post, "Dale Bentley, Accused Drunk Driver, Dances His Way Through Sobriety Test", David Moye, August 09, 2013

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