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DUI or DWI | Why You Need an Attorney

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A DUI or DWI is no small matter. And many people get these two terms mixed up, or use them interchangeably. They are in fact very different and each state may have specific laws regarding these offenses. This is why it is important to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney in Ponca City who will be knowledgeable in the laws of your specific state.

Driving under the Influence or a DUI, is charged when a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.8% or more. The penalty for a first time conviction can be up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. As second offence in Oklahoma, is even more strict and can result in 1- 5 years in in prison including fines up to $2,500, and the penalty of a third offence can be up to 10 years in prison with a fine of up to $5,000.  On top of all of this, you can also lose your driving privileges. Your Ponca City criminal defense attorney can help you defend your rights and fight to help you retain your driving privileges.

Driving while impaired (DWI), is a lesser offence, and this is charged when the driver has a BAC of between 0.5 and 0.7. You can be considered as driving while impaired if you are operating a vehicle while impaired by the consumption of drugs or alcohol. DWI convictions in Oklahoma are considered misdemeanors and can result in up to six months of jail time with a maximum fee of $500. This may also include a license suspension for 30 days up to 12 months depending on how many DWI charges you have had previously.

Why Do You Need an Attorney?
There are many ways an attorney can help you if you are facing DUI or DWI charges. Your Ponca City criminal defense attorney will go through your case and make sure your rights are defended. The officer must have a valid reason to have pulled you over in the first place and if there was not a good enough reason then the case could be thrown out. Even if this is not the case, a skilled attorney can help you retain your driving privileges and reduce charges.

Contact the Loftis Law Firm
Proudly serving throughout Oklahoma and Kansas, our firm is here for you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation. Do not hesitate to call a skilled criminal defense attorney in Ponca City and get professional defense for your case.