Friday, November 18, 2011

Oklahoma DUI Checkpoints This Weekend

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office announced that they will be conducting DUI roadblocks this weekend. Although they will be looking for all license and equipment violations, the main point is to look for Oklahoma drivers that may be driving under the influence or DUI.

If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint or DUI roadblock, remain calm, cooperate with the officer but do not admit to consuming any alcohol. Do not submit to any field sobriety tests like the pen test or walk a straight line test. Do not blow into any handheld portable breath testing devices.

The decision on whether to take the actual breath or blood test is up to you. However, Oklahoma has just passed a new law that requires anyone that loses their Oklahoma driver's license for the first time as a result of refusing to take the breathalyzer or intoxilyzer or takes the breath test / blood test and has a result of .15 or higher to have an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for an additional 18 months after reinstatement.

Thus, if you think you are below a .15, then you may be better off taking the Oklahoma breath test. If you may be over a .15 bac, then you could face an aggravated DUI charge which would require additional treatment. To get an idea of what it takes to get to a .15 breath alcohol level, see our breath calculator.

If you decide to take the Oklahoma breath test, after taking the test immediately request a blood test and tell them that you will pay for it. This is your right. The blood test is more accurate and by requesting it after the their breath test, it gives you a little more time to eliminate alcohol.

The best thing to do to avoid a Oklahoma DUI charge is to drink responsibly and have a designated driver. If you are arrested, then you will want to take advantage of the free consultation offered by qualified Oklahoma DUI lawyers like Bruce and myself.

John Hunsucker
Oklahoma DUI Lawyer

Bruce Edge
Tulsa DUI Attorney

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