It is normal for those recently arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) offense in Oklahoma to worry about the consequences that they may face in the event of a conviction. If someone pleads guilty or the criminal courts convict them, the courts have the authority to impose a variety of penalties.
Judges can sentence someone to probation or put them in prison. The state often also requires those convicted of a DUI to pay fines. Historically, a driver’s license suspension or revocation was also standard. However, Oklahoma has changed its approach to better serve the public and deter repeat offenses.
The Impaired Driver Accountability Program (IDAP) requires the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in any vehicle someone will drive after a DUI conviction. Even a first-time offender may have to install an IID in their vehicle as part of the IDAP as opposed to losing their licensing privileges completely.
How long are driving privileges at risk?
Provided that someone gets arrested for a technical infraction, their driving record will largely determine what penalties the courts impose. A first DUI conviction usually leads to between six months and two years without driving privileges. However, the state now requires that drivers install an IID for the duration of their license revocation as part of the IDAP. A driver will need to pay to install an IID and perform a test every time they start their vehicle.
They can regain full driving privileges after they complete the revocation period without any violations. Failing the test will increase how long someone has to keep the IID in their vehicle. Attempts to bypass or manipulate the IID could also lead to additional consequences or a longer IID requirement. Any offenses after the first will lead to longer-lasting license penalties. After a second offense within 10 years of the first, a driver will typically lose their license for at least one year. Third and subsequent license revocations will last for at least two years. In some cases, judges may decide that the circumstances warrant a longer suspension and IID requirement than the established under state law.
Those who defend against DUI charges can potentially preserve their driving privileges without qualification and avoid the cost of installing an IID in their vehicles. As such, seeking legal guidance as soon as possible after an arrest is wise.