Oklahoma Criminal DUI Case
After a DUI arrest, you will face both administrative and criminal proceedings. While the administrative case regulates your driver's license suspension, the criminal case determines the criminal penalties you face if convicted of drunk driving.
Facing a DUI Criminal Case
In your DUI criminal case, you will have the opportunity to plead guilty, not guilty or no contest to the charges read against you at your arraignment. A plea of guilty or no contest is considered a conviction and you will be sentenced accordingly.
If you decide to fight your criminal case, you and/or your attorney will attend a number of pre-trial hearings. If your charges are not dismissed or if the prosecution does not work out a plea deal, your case will go to trial. If you are found not guilty, the criminal process is over. If you are convicted, the judge or jury will issue a sentence.
The potential penalties for a criminal DUI conviction include jail time, probation, community service and mandatory alcohol education classes or treatment. The specifics of the sentence depend on the number of prior offenses on your record and other circumstances of your case.
Where your case is heard depends on a number of factors. If a state trooper or county deputy arrested you, your case may be heard in district court. However, your case could be heard in district or municipal court if a municipal officer arrested you.
Work with an Attorney on Your Criminal Case
A lot is at stake if you're convicted of DUI. Fortunately, Bruce Edge and the lawyers at the Edge Law Firm understand Oklahoma's drunk-driving laws inside and out. We are ready to evaluate your charges in order to prepare for your criminal case. For a no-obligation DUI case evaluation, please fill out our online contact form or call the Edge Law Firm today at (877) DUI-EDGE or (918) 582-6333.