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What factors can enhance your DUI penalties?

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Criminal Law |

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious matter, as the implications extend beyond legal penalties and can significantly impact your life. Oklahoma DUI laws are strict, and even a first offense can result in fines, potential jail time and the suspension of your driver’s license.

These consequences can become even more severe when aggravating factors are present, leading to longer jail terms, higher fines and extended or permanent loss of driving privileges. Here are some specific circumstances that can increase DUI penalties in Oklahoma:

High blood alcohol level content

In Oklahoma, a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08 percent is sufficient for a standard DUI charge. However, if your BAC exceeds 0.15 percent, you may face an aggravated DUI charge, which carries more severe penalties due to the increased risk posed by higher levels of impairment.

Presence of minors in the vehicle

Driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle is a serious misdemeanor. If your DUI traffic stop leads to an arrest with a minor in the car, you could face heightened penalties and additional charges, such as child endangerment.

Oklahoma enforces a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. If you are under 21 and have any detectable amount of alcohol in your system, you face immediate revocation of your driving privileges upon a DUI charge.

Prior DUI convictions

Oklahoma law is particularly tough on repeat DUI offenders. If you have a previous DUI conviction within the past 10 years, any new DUI charge will be classified as a felony, bringing more severe consequences than a first-time offense.

Understanding the nuances of Oklahoma DUI laws and the impact of aggravating factors is crucial for creating an effective defense. An attorney can help you understand your rights and work towards the best possible outcome in your case.