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Oklahoma politician charged with drunk driving

A former Oklahoma state senator was taken into custody for DWI around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 30. The 69-year-old politician allegedly offered to make the officer who took the man into custody the police chief if he showed leniency. This is the third time since 2013 that the man has been taken into custody from driving under the influence of alcohol.

Reports show that he was taken into custody for drunken driving in 2013 and then again taken into custody for aggravated drunken driving in May 2014. He was also charged with attempting to bribe an officer in the May 2014 case as well. There was no police report available for the most recent incident. After posting bail, he was released from Cleveland County Jail at 3:30 p.m. the same day.

For those who have been charged with DWI in the past, it may be possible for future DWI charges to be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony. This may result in larger fines, more time spent in jail and a license revocation instead of a temporary license suspension. In addition to time spent in jail, it may be possible for a driver convicted of a felony DWI to be placed on probation.

Anyone who is facing drunk driving charges may wish to consult with a DWI defense attorney for assistance disputing the charges. An attorney may be able to argue that tests to determine a driver's blood-alcohol content were done incorrectly. It may also be possible to argue that slurred speech or other signs of impairment were due to a medical condition instead as opposed to alcohol consumption.

Source: News OK, "Former Oklahoma senator Cal Hobson arrested on drunken driving complaint", August 30, 2014

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