Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs (drugged driving) or alcohol is something no one wants to go through. Many people think they are ‘fine' to drive after a couple of drinks, only be to be pulled over and end up behind bars. A DUI can be devastating and forever change your life. If it is a first-time offense, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to ensure the best outcome for your future. We understand what a frightening experience it can be to be arrested for a DUI, let alone how confused you probably are about your rights. Chances are you have a lot of questions: What's a DUI? Will I lose my driver's license? Am I going to jail? How much does a DUI case cost? How long will it be on my record? Do I need a DUI lawyer? Should I fight the charges? What should I do now?
These are just a few of the questions we field from people who have been arrested for a DUI for the first time. Taking the right steps immediately following your DUI arrest will go a long way in protecting your future and ensuring a favorable outcome. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Oklahoma and aren't sure what to do next, please contact the defense attorneys of Worden Law Firm. Our experienced Oklahoma DUI lawyers will sit down with you and go over your case, coming up with a plan of action that has your best interests in mind.
I'VE BEEN ARRESTED FOR A DUI – NOW WHAT?
Here are a few of the steps that should be taken immediately after a DUI arrest:
- Collect information. Following a DUI arrest, write down everything you remember from the moment you were pulled over until you were released from jail. This will include all actions taken by the police officers, the reason you were given for being pulled over or approached, the questions the police officers asked you and your answers to the same, the standard field sobriety tests you performed, the tests offered to you and the documents you received following the arrest.
- Hire a DUI attorney. Contact and hire a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney who will advise you of your rights and what you can expect moving forward. DUI cases are not as straightforward as many people think, which means there could be loopholes or missteps on the part of the arresting agency that your attorney may find.
- Request a DPS hearing. You will have fifteen (15) calendar days after the time of your arrest to request a DPS hearing for a DUI alcohol arrest in Oklahoma. Requesting an administrative hearing will preserve your right to drive until an administrative hearing is held and decided. If you or your attorney do not request a hearing within fifteen (15) days, your license will automatically be suspended at the thirty (30) day mark from your arrest. It will be suspended for a period of not less than six (6) months. For those who chose to take the State's breath test and had a result of 0.15 or over and for those who opted to not take the State's breath test, their license will be suspended for a period of not less than six (6) months with a license restriction following the suspension for a period of not less than eighteen (18) months.
Being charged with a DUI is an intimidating and daunting experience, which is why you need a good lawyer by your side.