An Oklahoma DUI may not be the end of the world, but it doesn’t mean you can forget the danger you pose and attempt to drink and drive again. With a DUI, you face more than legal consequences like court costs and community service. Your most cutting consequence may be when your license is suspended or revoked.
If you have a suspended license, you have one job: not to drive. Not everyone feels strongly about that, especially when there’s a perfectly drivable vehicle in a driveway and errands to run. Before you jump behind the wheel, remember that your DUI came with a suspension for a reason. If you continue to drive while suspended you run the risk of more consequences for disobeying a court order.
If your Oklahoma DUI came with an ignition interlock requirement on top of your license restriction and you are caught driving illegally, you have an even harder road ahead. Ignition interlock violations can result in further penalties, such as extended time in the interlock program or removal from it completely.
Of course, if you continue to drive under the influence, your fourth Oklahoma DUI will result in complete revocation of your license. That one is a lot more serious than a suspension and could turn into a lifetime of finding rides, even if you never intend to drink and drive again.
There’s a lot of reasons to remain sober if you’ll be driving, and while an ignition interlock, suspended or revoked license may first come to mind, those aren’t the top reasons. An Oklahoma DUI coats upwards of $10,000 for a first offense, plus too many fatalities occur at the hands of drunk drivers on the roads. On top of that, the state is cracking down on drunk drivers, increasing the efforts to track DUI numbers accurately and hold offenders fully accountable.
Losing your license may be the easiest part of an Oklahoma DUI, but even that should be enough reason to drive sober.