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Will a DUI in Oklahoma result in the loss of your license?

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | DUI |

Getting caught driving under the influence (DUI) in Oklahoma can have serious consequences, including the potential loss of your driver’s license. It is helpful to understand different scenarios in which a DUI can lead to license suspension or revocation in Oklahoma.

Understanding the two-pronged approach

Oklahoma takes a two-pronged approach to DUI and driver’s licenses.

  • Administrative License Suspension: This is an immediate consequence handled by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) independent of any court case. It can occur if you fail or refuse a breathalyzer test during your arrest.
  • Criminal License Suspension: This is a potential penalty imposed by the court system if you’re convicted of DUI. The severity depends on factors like your blood alcohol content (BAC) and past offenses.

Facing administrative suspension

Following a DUI arrest, the Oklahoma DPS will likely initiate an administrative suspension of your license. This suspension can last up to 180 days for a first-time offense. You have the right to request a hearing within 15 days to contest the suspension.

Getting back on the road

Even with a suspended license, there might be ways to obtain limited driving privileges in Oklahoma. One option is to get a restricted license. This allows driving for essential purposes like work or medical appointments, often with an ignition interlock device (IID) installed that requires a breath test before starting the car.

While not ideal for everyone, exploring public transportation options can also help mitigate the impact of a suspended license.

The consequences of a DUI are significant and can disrupt your daily life. By understanding these implications and your rights, you can better manage the situation and make informed decisions to regain your driving privileges.