Oklahoma Misdemeanor DUI
Oklahoma DUI offenses fall into one of two categories: misdemeanor or felony. While a misdemeanor offense does not carry the harsh penalties and stigma of a felony, any drunk-driving conviction can have a negative impact on your life.
What is Classified as a Misdemeanor?
A first DUI offense is classified as a misdemeanor, barring any extenuating circumstances (such as causing an accident while under the influence that results in injury death or having a child under 12 in the car). Even repeat DUI offenders may be charged with only a misdemeanor if their last offense was committed more than 10 years ago.
Where your charges are filed also has a bearing on the type of charges you face. If the officer files charges in a municipal court, you will face a misdemeanor, as these courts don't have the authority to file DUI felony charges.
What to Expect with a Misdemeanor Conviction
For a misdemeanor offense, there is the possibility that you will spend no time behind bars. If you are required to serve time, it will be in jail. Felony offenders, on the other hand, are punishable by at least one year in prison.
A misdemeanor conviction also carries fines and a license suspension. In some cases, the court may require an alcohol abuse assessment and treatment, if recommended.
If you are currently facing a misdemeanor DUI offense, the Edge Law Firm can help. As one of the only Oklahoma attorneys to be board certified in DUI defense, Bruce Edge has the experience and training necessary to fight your charges. For more information on your charges, please call (877) DUI-EDGE or (918) 582-6333 or complete our online form now to schedule a free case analysis.