When an individual is convicted of DUI, that does not mean that his or her case is over. It may be possible to appeal the conviction to a higher court on either substantive or procedural grounds. A request to have a confession or other evidence suppressed is an example of a substantive appeal. Procedural appeals may revolve around an error when entering a plea or some other clerical error during the trial.
Police say a 29-year-old man admitted to consuming three or four beers at a bowling alley in Tulsa before causing a crash on Jan. 29. The accident took place while the man was driving north on Highway 169 around 9:45 p.m. According to a witness, the man drove his sedan past an SUV and then slammed on the brakes.
If you have been charged with drunk driving in Oklahoma, you could lose your driving privileges for a considerable period even if the DUI charge against you is ultimately dismissed. You can seek to prevent this from happening by requesting a hearing before the Department of Public Services, but you are given only 15 days to request such a hearing.
Oklahoma drivers may have their licenses and driving privileges suspended for a number of reasons. A suspension period may last for a period of several months or up to several years. The length of the suspension is directly related to the type of offense that caused the suspension and the driving record of the person who committed the offense.
A police officer witnessed a woman allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 5 at 1050 North Lynn Riggs Boulevard in Claremore. According to the officer, she drove into the parking lot of an IBC Bank after running over a curb and driving through a grassy area. After coming to a stop in the grass, the officer said the car started moving again, and it hit a light pole.
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.
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.
A 47-year-old female postal carrier reportedly drove her postal truck into a ditch during the afternoon hours of July 12 at the 1300 block of David Drive in Harrah. When police reached the driver, it was reported that she seemed dazed, was slurring her speech and had trouble walking. That prompted police to ask the driver to take a field sobriety test.
A 25-year-old woman was reportedly under the influence of alcohol when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 244 in Tulsa on June 24. She was driving west in the eastbound lane of the highway when her Honda collided head on with a Ford SUV around 11 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the woman told them she had taken Xanax with rum that day.
Approximately ten miles north of Norman, Oklahoma, an alleged drunk driver was pulled from a ravine by a Moore police officer around 1:30 a.m. on June 18. When the officer arrived at the scene on Southwest 34th Street, the 40-year-old man had escaped from his wrecked, burning vehicle but had fallen into the ravine. The man was then dragged to safety by the officer for about 30 yards into a nearby field.