Oklahoma DUI Law Defense Attorney

 

 

Charles L. Sifers

 

Retired Regent & Member National College for DUI Defense

 

401 N Hudson Ave,

2nd Floor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

(405) 232-3388                (877)-ATTY-DUI

 

ARRESTED for  DUI  in Oklahoma?


Okla. City, OK?  DWI or APC?

Board Certified Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney Charles L. Sifers handles Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Impaired (DWI), Actual Physical Control (APC) and all Drunk Driving arrests in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Moore, Norman, and Cleveland County, Shawnee, Tecumseh, and Pottawatomie County, El Reno, Yukon, and Canadian County, Guthrie, Langston, and Logan County, and Chandler, Meeker, and Lincoln County, and throughout Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma DUI Attorney Charles L. Sifers specializes in DUI Defense.  Their Oklahoma DUI Law Offices are located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

 

Oklahoma DUI Lawyer, Charles L. Sifers is nationally recognized and attends and/or teaches at almost every local and major national DUI related seminar in the nation.  View his teaching agenda.  Mr. Sifers has been quoted in the Daily Oklahoman on DUI Driver's License cases and on Channel 4 (KFOR TV) "DUI lawyer's aggressiveness".  Mr. Sifers' DUI Defense training is extensive.  View a portion of this training.

 

 

You need the best Oklahoma DUI Defense Lawyer available to defend your rights with "Oklahoma DUI Law".

Don't let a DUI arrest ruin your life.

Don't let the Oklahoma government take your driver's license.

"WE KNOW WE CAN HELP YOU"

In the practice of Law, there is no such thing as "magic". . .

 

Nor is there such a thing as "rare" knowledge from having been a prosecutor . . .

 

No, to get GREAT RESULTS, you must use

GREAT LAWYERING, KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE

 

That is what OUR FIRM does!

 

SEE OUR SUCCESS STORIES

 

We will use Oklahoma DUI Law to defend you.  It is in your best interest to hire an experienced "Oklahoma DUI" Defense Lawyer familiar with Oklahoma court rules.  SifersLaw is 100% defense - 100% of the time.  We are the Oklahoma DUI State Lawyers you need.  We are the Oklahoma DUI State Attorneys you should retain and hire.

 

Call us at (405) 232-3388 or 1-866-ATTY-DUI.  Our law practice is dedicated to persons that have been charged with DUI, APC, and DWI in Oklahoma.  We will start your defense immediately.  We will fight to keep you driving!  We will fight to save your driver's license and your freedom!

 

CALL:     Charles at (405) 232-3388.

We want to help you through this difficult and confusing time.

Our Law Firm is proud of our qualifications to handle your DUI case.  Many of these qualifications are the same. and in many cases MORE than police officers.  These are:

Intoxilyzer 5000-D:  We am certified by Oklahoma as an Operator and Maintenance Supervisor;

SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Test):  We are certified as an Administrator and Trainer;

DRE (Drug Recognition Expert):  Trained as an Evaluator;

Blood and Urine Testing:  Charles is the only attorney in Oklahoma to complete the 40 hour training

• Our Firm has MORE training and credentials than any other attorneys in Oklahoma.  I possess ALL items listed above.  No Lawyer in Oklahoma can HONESTLY claim MORE training, credentials, and qualifications that I have. 

 

Because we have this specialized training, we are the experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Lawyers YOU need to hire.

YOU deserve to know what happens in YOUR case depends on the following:

The charge that is filed;

The court in which the case is filed;

The particular facts of the case;

Whether you took a test (or not), and then the results;

What your prior record;

The Prosecutor and Judge that are involved; and . .

        The attorney you hire to represent you.

An arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Actual Physical Control (APC), or Driving While Impaired (DWI), in Oklahoma is very serious. MOST people, including some Attorneys, DO NOT know just how serious and far reaching the consequences of this arrest can be. And most do not know what should be done after the arrest has occurred. In fact, ONLY the most knowledgeable DUI Defense attorneys or lawyers can properly represent you when this has happened!  For further information see Oklahoma DUI - Oklahoma Drunk Driving Defense Information.

This is NOT a simple traffic ticket!


Oklahoma DUI Law

Okla.Stat.tit. 47,§11-902

Being arrested for DUI or APC creates TWO (2) different legal cases. Both cases proceed against YOU at the same time:

1. THE CRIMINAL COURT CASE:

The first legal case or problem your arrest has produced is a criminal case. DUI or APC are crimes that are prosecuted in ALL courts in the State of Oklahoma, whether at the Municipal Court OR District/State Court levels.

There are three (3) basic alcohol related charges that you could face as a result of a DUI/APC arrest: DUI; APC; and/or DWI.

DUI is charged against drivers - you -  when you are stopped while driving and are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs OR you have a breath blood test result of .08% BAC or higher, OR if you REFUSE the test. Punishment upon WHERE the case is filed. It can range from a fine only in some of the Municipal Courts of smaller cities or towns. In the Oklahoma City OR Tulsa Municipal Court(s), the fine can be up to $1,200.00 and/or jail up to six (6) months. In the District Court(s) of Oklahoma, the fine can be up to $1,000 and the jail sentence can be up to one (1) year. And, if the breath/blood test is .15% BAC or higher , a charge called "AGGRAVATED DUI" can be filed against you! Upon a conviction, you can face all these same penalties, but you will ALSO be required to complete a mandatory in-patient treatment program with one (1) year aftercare, 480 hours of community service, and install a interlock on all vehicles. This can happen EVEN for a first offense!! Persons with prior convictions of DUI or APC can face fines up to $5,000.00 & jail sentences up to ten (10) years. They, also can face the same mandatory requirements of the interlock, in-patient treatment/aftercare, community service, and EVEN forfeiture of their vehiclesClick Here for Punishments for DUI / APC.

APC is charged against you when you are in a vehicle and under the influence, like in DUI. Breath or blood test are requested of the person who is arrested for this charge, just like in a DUI. However, in these cases, you are NOT driving, but parked or sitting still on a street or parking lot but, COULD drive if you wanted to do so. This crime is, effectively, the SAME THING as DUI!! It carries ALL OF THE same punishments and driver’s license problems as a DUI!

A cruel "twist" about DUI or APC is that, if convicted of these charges, your driver's license is revoked for the SAME periods of time at indicated below. In other words, if you "save" your license through the hearing referenced below, being convicted of either of these crimes will "wash away" that victory and you will be revoked ANYWAY!!

DWI This crime is Driving While Impaired, NOT Driving While Intoxicated. This is charged against the driver who has an alcohol level of greater than .05% but less that .08% BAC, and carries lesser punishments in most courts than DUI/APC. The punishments are generally about one-half that of DUI or APC. License revocation DOES NOT occur with a test result of below .08% BAC. Therefore, an arrest for DWI will NOT trigger the license problems of a DUI or APC. However, DWI can revoke your license, though, for thirty (30) days BUT ONLY if you are is convicted of the charge.

2. THE DRIVER'S LICENSE CASE:

The first of these two legal cases or problems has to do with your Driver's License. In almost EVER case, this is set into motion BEFORE your first court date.

A driver’s license is usually the only picture identification people carry that allows them to cash checks or get on an airplane, etc. An arrest for DUI or APC WILL cause YOU to lose YOUR Driver’s License. Most times, this loss will cause greater overall harm in life than paying any fine or court cost.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will take YOUR license from YOU for a six (6) month to three (3) year period of time (depending on your prior record) for failing the test with a score of .08% OR higher BAC (breath/blood alcohol concentration), OR .02% BAC or more if you are under 21 years old. YOU will also lose your license for REFUSING to take the test, too, just like you have "failed" it.  In addition, if you have a CDL and refuse a test, you will be disqualified for one (1) year, no matter WHAT vehicle you are driving at arrest.  Any driving you do during the time YOUR license is revoked, can result in additional criminal charges AND additional periods of license revocation! Also, the Attorneys for the DPS of Oklahoma have already began the DRIVER’S LICENSE CASE against YOU before most Criminal Court appearances even begin!

HOW CAN YOU STOP THIS LICENSE REVOCATION?

A hearing must be requested from the DPS within 15 days of your arrest. The hearing must then be WON to avoid the loss of YOUR driver’s license. If you do not request, or have your Attorney request the hearing, the revocation of YOUR license will go into effect thirty (30) days after your arrest. If your case is not addressed in this manner, and within this 15 day period, there is NOTHING that can be done to avoid the loss of YOUR driver’s license!

If your license is revoked for this arrest, your driving record will show it, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN COURT. In other words, even if your criminal case is later DISMISSED against you OR if your are found NOT GUILTY, your license is revoked and it is still on your record! This will have the same effect on insurance rates and, possibly upon employment, as though you had been convicted of the crime in court.

REMEMBER: Any alcohol related entry that goes onto your driving record is NEVER removed! It is a myth that your driving record is "erased" after some period of time. Entries that are more than three (3) years old are not printed off on the driving record that you might get from the DPS or a tag agency. However, those older records are STILL there for Police and most government agencies to see!

WHAT ABOUT A "WORK PERMIT"?

You really DO NOT want one. They are expensive and quite a "hassle".  Work Permits are only granted to first time offenders, or persons that have their licenses revoked for a six (6) month period. Persons with revocations of one (1) year (the second time it has happened within the last five (5) years) OR three (3) year revocations (the third or more times it has happened within the last five (5) years) CANNOT, BY LAW, HAVE A WORK PERMIT, AT ALL!! Also to qualify for the permit you must pay a $150 fee and, believe it or not, you must install an "interlock" (breath test machine) - which you must blow into and "pass" before the ignition will work - on any car you drive! This machine will cost about $500 for a six (6) month period.  If you have a Commercial Driver's License - CDL - (Class A, B, or C), you should know that "Work Permits" can NO LONGER be obtained for ANYTHING but Class D licenses.  In other words, you CAN NOT obtain a "work permit" for a CDL!   Plus, the revocation, along with the fact that you got a "work permit" during that time, will still be on your record . . . FOREVER!!

As you can see, DUI and APC are NOT simple traffic tickets.

It is unwise for a person who has been arrested for DUI or APC to proceed on his or her own. These cases involve the State Courts, State Prosecutors and, Department of Public Safety Attorneys. The cases can also involve both breath and blood chemical tests. Due to the ever-changing laws in this field, and the complexity of chemical test(s), the person who handles these matters for you MUST BE KNOWLEDGEABLE and EXPERIENCED in ALL of these areas, to be able to provide you with ALL defenses OR . . . it is YOU who will suffer.

IF you feel, or have been told, that you have NO available DUI Defense, AND that should just go handle it yourself, OR if you have been told that anyone, or ANY lawyer, can provide a defense for you, your assumptions are likely INCORRECT! Remember, IF you have been arrested for:

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We are experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys - Lawyers

 

We are THE experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Lawyers - Attorneys that can help you. 

YOU should hire an experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney that practices in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Norman, Edmond, Midwest City, Del City, Warr Acres, Bethany, Cleveland County, Payne County, Stillwater, Logan County, Lincoln County, Canadian County, Pottawatomie County, Valley Brook, Moore, Purcell, and Garvin County.

Our DUI Defense Law Firm has been successful in representing thousands of PERSONS IN OKLAHOMA THAT WERE ARRESTED FOR DUI, APC, or DWI.  Our office serves:

Adair County

Alfalfa County

Atoka County

Beaver County

Beckham County

Blaine County

Bryan County

Caddo County

Canadian County

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AND, WE believe WE can successfully represent YOU.

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American Bar Association recognizes

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"DUI Defense

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Charles Sifers,

 along with a very small number of lawyers (40) in the United States have been

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in

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under ABA Guidelines

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National College for DUI Defense

("NCDD")

in this field of law. Those

who have been are considered the

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"DUI" vs. "APC"

What's The Difference?

This is often confusing to people, especially when a person has been arrested for an alcohol related TRAFFIC offense when he is NOT driving! You can be arrested for APC while sitting in your car. Many people have had this happen to them when they KNEW they had had TOO MUCH to drink to drive safely, and pulled over to "wait it out". Although trying to do the right thing, they were arrested for a crime that is effectively the same as DUI. They were no better off - with the possible exception of avoiding a car wreck while driving - than if they had gone ahead and tried to drive on home!

To be sure, our office is NOT condoning anyone taking the chance of driving when one KNOWS that he has had TOO MUCH to drink. However, you should know what ELSE you should do to avoid this crime of APC. Simply pulling over is NOT enough. Your vehicle must be TOTALLY OFF any street or road.  Pulling into a parking lot or driveway is NOT enough!

Parking in a wheat field is OK

(See Post )

The absolute BEST way to avoid either a DUI or APC is to NOT get into a car after having drunk alcoholic beverages. If you know you have had too much, get away from your car and have SOMEONE ELSE drive you home!

Is There Any Way to Avoid the Revocation of Your Driver's License?

Yes. However, you MUST ask for a hearing with the Department of Public Safety within fifteen (15) days of your arrest. If you wait even a day longer, there is NOTHING that you can do to stop this revocation. After the hearing is requested, a temporary license is forwarded to your attorney and he sends it to you. The hearing is set about 6 weeks later. You then must WIN that hearing to avoid the revocation of the license!! This is the ONLY way that the revocation can be avoided! What happens in Court has nothing to do with this!

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