Take the first step toward resolving your legal challenge.
Nichols Law Firm
Taking The Practice Of Law To The Next Level

Penalties for impaired driving

Oklahoma has passed specific legislation that addresses a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol or another substance that impairs their ability to drive. Penalties for a conviction for impaired driving could range from $100 to $500 and could include a maximum of six months in custody.

In addition, after a DUI, the Department of Public Safety will suspend the person's driving privileges for 30 days for a first offense. For a second offense, the suspension could be as long as six months although the courts have the right to modify this time frame. For a third offense, the person's license could be suspended for a maximum of 12 months, again eligible for modification by the courts.

Anyone who pleads guilty or enters a no contest plea to DUI or DWI will need to cooperate with and complete all phases of an alcohol and drug assessment and evaluation as directed by the court to determine the person's need for treatment and their possible prognosis. The person must pay for this assessment and evaluation and can only attend at a certified agency that has been approved and ordered by a judge. The professional must submit a written report within 72 hours after the person completes the substance-abuse evaluation. The courts then have the option of ordering a 10-hour or 24-hour alcohol and substance abuse class or even more intense counseling. If the offender is directed to participate in treatment, the courts will impose a deferred and a suspended jail sentence.

Sanctions for a DUI can vary widely depending on the circumstances surrounding the offense, a person's criminal history and the court's ruling. A criminal defense attorney might argue for a reduced offense based on the results of the person's assessment and evaluation and their willingness to attend treatment.

Source: The Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Section 761 - Operation of Motor Vehicle While Impaired - Penalties - Suspensions - Violations Not Bondable", October 13, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
The National | Top 40 Under 40 | Trial Lawyers
Take The First Step

Take The First Step Toward
Resolving Your Legal Challenge To discuss your case with us, call 405-217-4118 or contact us by email.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy