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OK S 643 Strengthens the Impaired Driving Law

Posted on: September 6, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

OK S 643

The Impaired Driving Law in Oklahoma has long sought to act as a deterrent to those drivers who would risk driving while under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance. OK S 643 now includes further amendments to strengthen the Impaired Driving Law.

In short, the bill aims to make it much more difficult for drivers to regain their driving license in cases involving a charge of impaired driving. As with any bill, the legal ramifications are complicated, however, there are some very clear implications for those who have a history of alcohol or substance abuse.

Immediate Revocation of Driving Privilege

The language of the relevant section of the bill reads as follows:

“Section 6-205. A. The Department of Public Safety shall immediately revoke the driving privilege of any person, whether adult or juvenile, upon receiving a record of conviction who, in any municipal, state or federal court within the United States, receives a deferred sentence, or a conviction, when such conviction has become final, or a deferred prosecution, for of any of the following offenses, when such conviction has become final.”

As it pertains to the Impaired Driving Law, there are a number of points that are important to note. Anyone found to be in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other toxic substances is subject to immediate revocation of driving privileges.

Once your license has been revoked, it will likely take more than contesting the charge in order to regain your driving privileges. For instance, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle that you are insured to drive before your license is reinstated.

OK S 643 Legal Concerns

OK S 643 is extremely broad in scope, which has raised concerns that the bill has the potential to violate rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. Essentially, the bill may result in accused individuals being forced to accept conditions that are contrary to the virtues of due process of the law.

Furthermore, responding officers are given much more power when it comes to the revocation of driving licenses. Due to the broad scope of the law, the word of a law enforcement officer has much more sway. Essentially, as someone accused of driving while impaired, getting your license back will prove much more difficult under OK S 643.

What Can You Do?

If you have been accused of impaired driving, seek legal representation immediately. An experienced lawyer can prove that the requirements being imposed upon you are unreasonable, specifically relating to the weight of evidence in your case. In order to challenge unfair interpretations of new or amended bills, legal experts must establish precedents that show where the law is flawed. Do not allow yourself to become just another number in the system.

Edwards & Patterson have an established reputation for staying on top of all new bills introduced into law. We are more than equipped to help you fight the unfair revocation of your driving license. Call today for more information.

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