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Mandatory alcohol or drug programs for DUI in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, individuals convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will lose their driving privileges for a time. This is just as true for a first DUI offense as it is for multiple offenses. The duration of a driver's license suspension or revocation typically varies depending upon the blood alcohol content of the defendant. Those convicted must complete several steps before they can regain driving privileges such as paying fees and court costs and completing any necessary jail time.

One of the most confusing aspects of license reinstatement for DUI defendants is the alcohol and drug program requirements. Anyone who has a record reflecting a DUI conviction will have to complete this requirement before the driver's license will be returned. In Oklahoma, the first part of this requirement is undergoing Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Evaluation. This assessment is administered by an agency or person certified by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate how receptive the defendant is to treatment.

Once the initial assessment is completed, the defendant will then be required to enter an alcohol and drug substance abuse course appropriate to his or her situation. As with the assessment, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services must certify the course. Oklahoma offers two options: 10 hours of instruction or 24 hours of instruction.

These courses address both the danger of abusing substances as well as the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Defendants must pay any fees associated with the course in addition to any other fees. Upon completion, defendants will be free to continue pursuing license reinstatement by completing the other requirements set forth by Oklahoma law.

The best way to avoid a driver's license suspension or revocation following a DUI arrest is by consulting with a DUI attorney serving Oklahoma. One of the attorneys with the Nichols Law Firm out of Norman can explain how the above information may apply to your unique situation.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, "Alcohol and Drug Substance Abuse Evaluation Progams," accessed July 22, 2015

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