Most motorists are well-informed regarding the dangers of drinking alcohol before driving. They know all about the potential penalties that may be imposed, and they know that they need to find a sober driver if they plan on drinking while they are away from home.
However, many motorists have less knowledge about the effect that certain drugs may have on their ability to drive. Those individuals under the influence of various substances may be surprised to learn that they too could be facing DUI charges in Oklahoma if they are stopped by police.
Recently, a new law went into effect in the state that makes driving under the influence of drugs laws much stronger. The law makes it possible for a person to be charged with DUI if any Schedule I chemical or controlled substance is present in the motorist’s bloodstream. This includes prescription medications, if those prescriptions contain any of the banned substances.
Critics contend that the new law does not require officers to determine if a motorist’s ability to drive is impaired. The mere presence of the substances is enough to result in charges, even if the substances were taken days before the motorist was stopped.
Motorists charged with DUI need to know that they are facing serious penalties if they are convicted. They will lose their driving privileges for a specific period of time, and will have to pay all costs associated with the reinstatement of their license. These motorists may also be facing jail time, which will increase if they are convicted of future DUIs. Additionally, many occupations require individuals to have a driver’s license or a clean driving history, and a DUI may cause these individuals to lose their jobs.
Many who are arrested for drunk driving are not aware of the potential defenses that may be available in their specific situation. They see the evidence that law enforcement has, and they decide that their only option is to plead guilty. They are often surprised to learn about the impact that a conviction will have on their driving privileges, and the increase in penalties that may result for future offenses.
If you have been charged with DUI, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to begin preparing your case. An attorney will be able to protect you from the aggressive actions of law enforcement, and ensure that you do not make any statements that could be used against you at a later point in time.