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Oklahoma man faces multiple charges after DUI checkpoint stop

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office reported that it recovered a stolen red SUV after stopping its driver at a DUI checkpoint positioned on N. MacArthur in Oklahoma City. Deputies said the 23-year-old man behind the wheel could not produce a driver's license or proof of insurance.

Deputies added that the man appeared intoxicated. They asked him to perform a field sobriety test. He agreed but failed the test. Their check of the vehicle's license plate pulled up a report that it had been stolen two days earlier.

According to the deputies' report, a search of the SUV produced a handgun, prescription medications and syringes. They arrested the man. Now held in the Oklahoma County Jail, he has been charged with driving without a license, possessing a gun as a convicted felon, driving a stolen vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs.

When any person is charged with a drug-related DUI, he or she has a right to an attorney. To defend such a client from consequences like jail time and high fines, an attorney might examine the evidence against the person. Field sobriety tests and searches could be scrutinized by an attorney, who might find that law enforcement acted in an unfair manner. If such evidence can be challenged in court, an attorney might be able to get charges dropped or negotiate for lesser charges that carry less significant penalties. An attorney could also help someone understand his or her rights and advise the person on whether to plead guilty or not guilty. This information could help a person uphold his rights and potentially avoid the harshest penalties.

Source: News9.com, "DUI Driver In Stolen SUV Arrested At OKC Checkpoint," March 31, 2015

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