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Rollover accident results in DUI charge

Officials issued a felony warrant for a 33-year-old man in connection with a recent accident in Marlow. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the man was DUI at the time of the accident.

The accident reportedly happened on Nabor Road. Troopers who responded to the scene found the man was pinned beneath his vehicle's steering wheel. Troopers claim that they also noticed a strong odor of alcohol in the vehicle.

After the man was removed from the truck, troopers administered a limited standardized field sobriety test, on which the man performed poorly, authorities reported. Furthermore, the man allegedly refused to take a breath test. Troopers filed DUI charges against the man, and a July 11 court date was scheduled for him in Stephens County.

According to authorities, the man was previously convicted on drunk-driving charges twice. One conviction was in Stephens County, and the other conviction was in Comanche County, reportedly.

In Oklahoma, DUI is not treated lightly. Even first-time offenders face tough penalties, such as jail time, fines and a driver's license suspension. Repeat offenders may be assessed even harsher penalties, including lengthier stints of incarceration. Refusing to take a breath test, as the man in this particular case allegedly did, may exacerbate the consequences upon conviction. Under the state's 'implied consent" law, drivers who refuse chemical sobriety testing may lose their driver's license for up to three years.

On account of these grave stakes, it is imperative that individuals accused of drunk driving establish an earnest and multi-pronged defense against the DUI charges. This includes retaining the counsel and resources of a criminal defense attorney. The attorney may review all police reports and incriminating evidence for inaccuracies, contradictions and contamination. For, if problems arise in the prosecution's case, they may be sufficient grounds for the DUI charges to be reduced or even dismissed.

Source: The Duncan Banner, "Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process", Rachel Snyder, July 24, 2014

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