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Three basic alcohol offenses

In Oklahoma you can be charged one of three ways for alcohol related offenses. The three charges are DUI, APC, & DWI. A variety of criminal punishments can be imposed by the court in each of these cases depending on circumstances and who is standing by your side. You may be facing jail time, fines, and loss of your freedoms such as your driver's license, getting your vehicle impounded, mandatory classes, and restrictions on your license, and many others. You may even face other separate civil actions against you in the court system,

A good criminal defense lawyer with experience in this field can help you through these three alcohol related criminal offense charges:

•          DUI - These can come in two forms and is defined by "Under the Influence" charges for both alcohol and drugs. This will be filed for anyone driving under the influence and relates to the level of impairments and if they are under or over the legal limit as set forth by the law. DUI charges can be brought on someone, also, based on their personal body chemistry no matter how well they were driving. The first prosecution depends on the condition of the driver and if they were able to drive with the level of care and caution that a fully sober person would have. Under the second prosecution, the judgment depends on their personal individual body chemistry.

•          APC - This is related to the Oklahoma DUI charge and means being in actual physical control of the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. APC charges are different than DUI charges because in APC the person does not actually have to be driving the vehicle. It only requires that the car could be driven. These are charges brought on someone who is sitting in their parked car, or nearby, and where they could drive the vehicle if they so choose to, while under the influence. To fully understand all of the intricacies you need a skilled attorney to explain the fine differences between these two offenses.

•          DWI - This refers to driving while impaired by alcohol, not driving while intoxicated. These charges are for someone in Oklahoma who is driving with an alcohol level below 0.08%. This carries a lesser sentence but still quite severe. You can still have your license suspended or removed, and you only have 15 days after you are arrested, to request a hearing. You need immediate assistance.

You need to contact a criminal defense attorney if you or someone you know is facing any of the charges mentioned above. Your freedom and your future depend on it.  So many things can go wrong when you are stopped for impaired driving and there are lots of possible defenses. The breathalyzers could not be working right, the blood test kit could be contaminated, and tests can get switched and even human error in reading these tests and equipment or writing down the numbers.

With these charges, you could be facing anything from a small fine to major financial penalties, and community service up to jail time. You might not just loose your license, you might loose your vehicle, be placed under house arrests, have an ignition checker placed on your vehicle and have this on your permanent record. With subsequent trespasses on the law your penalties could be worse each time.

To avoid this and ease the life changing penalties you may face, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to explain your rights and what steps need to taken right away.  If you have recent charges, or prior convictions, you need a consultation so that you know what to do. Remember, you have only a few days to get request a hearing on your license so it’s crucial you find someone who can work with you on your side to lead you through the legal system and help you keep most you life intact

So if you are charged by the state of Oklahoma or federally, by the US Attorney's office you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer to represent you. That’s why it's important that you discover how to choose the right criminal attorney for your charges. You can also go to my testimonial and example cases page to read about some actual cases.