Monday, November 21, 2011

What Not To Do When Being Stopped For DUI

You have gone out to the club with a few friends and had a few drinks. Driving home, a police officer lights you up to pull over. What do you do? The worst thing you can do is run. The chances of eluding are slim and the consequences are great. Getting a DUI charge is bad but don't make it worse by adding a felonay eluding charge, possibly injuring someone, or even causing your own death.

Chris Mooneyham, 33, did just that. After an Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) Trooper noticed Mr. Mooneyham allegedly driving erratically near Interstate 35 and SE 19th Street in Moore, Oklahoma, the unidentified Trooper attempted to stop the suspected drunk driver. Instead of pulling over, the suspected DUI driver attempted to elude the Trooper. At some point, a passenger got out of the vehicle and the Trooper got out of his vehicle to chase the passenger. Mr. Mooneyham allegedly attempted to run over the Trooper. The Trooper fired several shots at the vehicle resulting in Mr. Mooneyham's death at the scene.

The trooper has been placed on paid, routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The crime scene investigators will compile a report and submit their findings to the chief's office.

If you are being arrested for a first time Oklahoma DUI misdemeanor offense, the worst case you are generally looking at is probation and a reduction in the DUI charge to a non DUI charge or a dismissal of your Oklahoma DUI charge. If you attempt to elude and there are other vehicles around, you can be charged with felony eluding which carries prison time. If you attempt to elude and a death results, then you will be charge with felony murder which carries up to life in prison.

If you have been arrested for an Oklahoma DUI, then hire an experienced DUI attorney to protect you, your future, and your license.

John Hunsucker
Oklahoma City DUI Attorney

Bruce Edge
Tulsa DUI Attorney

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