Refusing a Breathalyzer or Blowing .15 or Greater
Breathalyzer laws in Oklahoma can be complex, not to mention strict. In fact, in many situations, you can face a harsher penalty following a breathalyzer refusal than if you simply took the test and failed. For instance, the penalties for a breath test refusal in Oklahoma include:
A License Revocation of 180 Days, Plus an Additional 18 Months in Which You Must Have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Installed on Your Vehicle
If You Have a Prior Refusal or DUI Conviction within the Previous 10 Years, a License Revocation of 1 Year Plus Another 4 Years with an IID
Third or Subsequent Offense
If You Have 2 Prior Refusals or DUI Convictions within the Previous 10 Years, a License Revocation of Three Years Plus Another 5 Years with an IID
In addition, you may still be charged with DUI even if you refuse a breathalyzer. So, you may ultimately face penalties for drunk driving anyway.
What If I Take the Test?
The chances of a DUI conviction increase if you take the test and it indicates your breath alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit of .08 percent. But you likely won't have to use an IID on your car for 18 months if it is your first DUI offense—making the penalties potentially less severe than if you refuse testing. However, if your BAC is .15 percent or more, you will have the mandatory 18-month IID installation following your license revocation— just like if you refuse the test.
Given the complexity of these laws, it is always best to speak to an experienced lawyer if you have been accused of either DUI or a wrongful refusal.
Time Is Not on Your Side, so Contact Us Today
You have little time to waste if you are facing DUI-related charges. In fact, you may only have a few days to challenge a license revocation with the Department of Public Safety. For help, contact an experienced attorney at The Law Office of Dave Stockwell today. Email or call us to schedule a consultation. If you are not completely comfortable with us following our initial meeting and therefore decide not to hire us, you don't have to pay us a thing.