Frequently Asked Questions About DUIs
While you may be hesitant to fight your DUI charges in court, it can save you from years of distress knowing a conviction is on your record. The criminal court system can be intimidating when you aren’t familiar with the legal process, but we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions below in order to ease your concerns.
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What are my rights when I get arrested for a DUI?
The police officer should read you your Miranda rights when you get arrested. You have the right to remain silent, because anything you say can be used against you in court. You also have the right to hire a lawyer, or if you want, one can be appointed for you. You don’t have to answer any police questions that you don’t want to answer.
What is the difference between a DWI and a DUI?
A DWI is a lesser charge in the state of Oklahoma than a DUI. Adults over the age of 21 may be charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated) if they’re caught driving under the influence when their blood alcohol content is below 0.08, while a DUI (driving under the influence) is used when a blood alcohol content level is above 0.08, which is the legal limit for DUIs.
Do I need to hire a lawyer for a DUI misdemeanor?
You’re never required to hire a lawyer, but it’s a wise decision to hire a lawyer even if you’re charged with a DUI misdemeanor because a misdemeanor can remain on your record the same way a felony can. While a misdemeanor holds lesser penalties than a felony, you can still be seen as a criminal by both the law and the rest of society.