Are Any Alternative Programs Available For First time DUI Offenders?

First time DUI/DWI OffendersFor a first time DUI offense, Oklahoma allows deferred sentences. This gives people a good opportunity for a second chance and to potentially take the charge off of their record. With a deferred sentence in Oklahoma, the individual will plead guilty, but there is not a conviction or sentencing immediately. However, there is a probationary period with other requirements. If the individual meets those requirements and stays out of trouble, then after that period of time, the case will be dismissed.

After a year, assuming this is a misdemeanor charge, the case can be expunged. For a first-time offender, being able to get a deferred sentence is a pretty good deal. That can still be fought of course. However, it’s generally not a good idea to roll the dice at potentially getting a conviction on one’s record when there is a path that will most likely give someone the opportunity to not have a conviction and be eligible for expungement.

Community service is generally a part of any plea deal as well. Therefore, I generally have my clients start doing some community service so that when the time comes to actually have to do it, then it’s already done.

There is also a DUI Court in Oklahoma County. This is typically for people who have at least one previous DUI conviction. You cannot be convicted of any violent crimes or crimes involving firearms to be eligible for DUI court.

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