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What happens after a drunk driving stop in Oklahoma?

Drunk driving laws in Oklahoma are very strict, so it behooves everyone to simply avoid driving if they've been drinking. Police officers who are on patrol are trained to spot impaired drivers, so it is possible that you will be pulled over even if you aren't intoxicated. The events after the officer pulls you over determine what happens next.

There are several points that you need to know if you are ever facing a drunk driving accusation in this state. All of these elements can play a part in the criminal case if you are charged with a crime.

Will you avoid these DUI checkpoint slip-ups?

Regardless of where you're driving, there's a possibility you could find yourself funneled into a DUI checkpoint. If this happens, your heart will begin to race and your mind will think the worst. This holds true even if you've only consumed one drink.

The biggest concern with a DUI checkpoint is that you'll do something that gives the officer more reason to believe you're under the influence. Of course, if you've been drinking, the chance of making a mistake is much greater.

Criminal cases entail a host of elements

There are several things that happen when a person is accused of a crime. Some of the following may only apply to certain cases. People who are facing any type of criminal matter should understand the criminal justice system.

You shouldn't base your thoughts on what you've seen on television or in the movies. Instead, make sure that you are informed with how the criminal justice system actually works.

Cops use certain markers to spot drunk drivers

Police officers are charged with keeping the cities and roads safe. One of their duties is to do their best to keep drunk drivers off the streets. In an effort to do this, cops look for certain behaviors when they are watching how people drive.

When a police officer sees something that indicates drunk driving, he or she will make contact with the driver. The basis for this is known as reasonable suspicion. This is a much different concept than probable cause. Here's what you need to know about drunk driving stops and reasonable suspicion:

Is it time to update your will?

Protecting the ones you love and making sure that your end of life wishes remain clearly stated are important parts of creating a will. If you've already taken the step of making a will, then you are well ahead of many Americans who continue to put it off. Some of them will wait too long and never get around to crafting a will, leaving a mess for their survivors to sort through while they simultaneously cope with the loss of their loved one. Fortunately, if you already have a will, then you don't have to worry about that nearly as much.

However, a will is only as useful as it is accurate. If you change your mind later on about something that you put into the will, then you should certainly take the time to amend it and make sure that your wishes remain clear.

Avoid the frustration of a holiday DUI charge by planning ahead

With fall fading into winter, the holiday season is upon us. With it comes a host of social situations that often involve alcohol. Whether you're enjoying a beer during the Thanksgiving Day football game or quaffing cocktails at your office holiday party, you should know that getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher could cause a legal headache worse than any hangover.

There are a lot of potential consequences related to a conviction of a driving under the influence (DUI) offense. Some of these are social consequences, such as losing your job or paying a lot more for motor vehicle liability insurance. Other consequences are a result of criminal court, including a criminal record, massive fines and time in jail. Given how much you could lose with a guilty plea or a conviction, it makes sense to minimize your risk by planning ahead. 

3 ways a DWI affects your everyday life

Driving while intoxicated is dangerous and a mistake you likely wish you hadn't made. You now face charges that could result in losing your license or jail time, but that's not all you should worry about. In fact, a DWI has many lasting consequences not related to your court date.

When you get a DWI, you're facing administrative penalties, but you also face different kinds of penalties throughout your social environment. Even after you fulfill your obligations to the court, there are ways a DWI can affect you. Here are three to think about.

5 things to know about plea bargains in criminal cases

People in the movies and on television who face criminal charges usually go through a trial. In reality, trials account for only a small percentage of criminal case resolutions. Consider these points about a plea deal before you decide the suitability of one in your case.


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