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You Served Your Sentence for a DUI or Drug Crime. Now What?

You Served Your Sentence for a DUI or Drug Crime. Now What?

Finally, you finished serving your sentence for a DUI or a drug crime. Whether you had to spend time in jail or prison, or you had to pay fines and take alcohol education classes, it is all over. Now you may be wondering what is next. Double-Check that You Completed All Terms of the Sentence First, double-check with your lawyer or the court that you have truly completed all the requirements of your sentence. Sometimes there will be a requirement saying that you have to take random BAC tests or check in with a probation officer for months or years after you...

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Can Police Search Your Car for Drugs Without Your Permission?

Can Police Search Your Car for Drugs Without Your Permission?

When the police pull you over on the roadside, sometimes they can search your car for drugs without your permission. Vehicle searches are legal under some circumstances if you are being arrested. Also, the police can do a search if they have probable cause to believe that a crime is being committed. Finally, they can seize any item in plain view. Search Incident to Arrest When you are being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, DUI, or another crime on the roadside, the police can search your car if: They reasonably believe evidence of the crime you committed can be...

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Dashboard Camera Evidence: Will It Hurt or Help Your DUI Case?

Dashboard Camera Evidence: Will It Hurt or Help Your DUI Case?

More and more police departments require officers to use dashboard cameras on their police cars. During traffic stops, these cameras may offer invaluable evidence of what happened. But if you have been arrested for DUI, you may wonder if dashcam footage will hurt or help your case. Dashcam Footage Is Often Admissible Evidence in Court No matter whether the camera footage is good or bad for your case, it may be admissible evidence in court. In Oklahoma, videotapes of arrests made by police officers and sheriff’s deputies are public records. That means your lawyer can request the tapes during your case to...

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What It Means to Be Arrested on Suspicion of a Crime

What It Means to Be Arrested on Suspicion of a Crime

In Oklahoma, police may arrest someone on suspicion of committing a crime. Arrested on suspicion is different than reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion and probable cause are standards of proof that police must establish before taking certain actions. Arrested on Suspicion Police often use the term “arrested on suspicion” of committing a crime when they have probable cause to arrest someone for doing something criminal. This does not mean the police have proven that the person committed the crime. Nor can police arrest you just for doing something suspicious. When you get arrested, they have to think you violated the law. People may get...

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Are Head Shops Illegal in Oklahoma?

Are Head Shops Illegal in Oklahoma?

Head shops are stores that sell rolling papers, smoking accessories, and what police might call “drug paraphernalia”, along with tobacco and other legal products. Law enforcement in Oklahoma have cracked down on head shops over the past few years, claiming that they sell items used to take drugs. For instance, a market that sold glass pipes has been repeatedly targeted for arrests and civil asset forfeiture. Oklahoma law defines drug paraphernalia as “all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or fashioned specifically for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing,...

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How Cops Find Drugs During Traffic Stops

How Cops Find Drugs During Traffic Stops

A person pulled over for suspected DUI or another driving offense may find himself in more trouble if police search the vehicle. If law enforcement finds evidence of another crime, such as illegal drugs, in the vehicle, they can charge you with that crime too. A simple traffic infraction could escalate to much more serious criminal charges. Usually, police need a warrant to search cars. During traffic stops, however, they can search vehicles without a warrant for several reasons. First, police may search a vehicle incident to a driver’s arrest. Often this type of search is legally permitted because police reasonably...

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Vehicle Impounded? What to Do Next

Vehicle Impounded? What to Do Next

Many drivers who are arrested for driving under the influence have their cars impounded by the police. “Impound” means that the car is towed by a tow truck to a city or state lot where it is kept until the driver or an authorized representative picks it up and pays the impound fees. Police impound cars because the driver cannot or should not drive them and they will otherwise be parked in possibly unsafe locations on public property. The only ways to avoid impound of your vehicle are 1) to convince a sober friend or passenger at the scene to drive...

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New DUI Warranty Service: Will It Protect Drivers?

New DUI Warranty Service: Will It Protect Drivers?

A new DUI warranty service promises drivers a free attorney if they are arrested for a DUI, in exchange for a base fee. For attorneys who already defend drivers accused of driving under the influence, this promise raises many red flags. The DUI Warranty provides an attorney to represent a driver who paid the up-front, $20 fee and is later arrested for driving under the influence. There are a number of catches to this seemingly beneficial service, which advertises itself as “Option 2” – Option 1 being “don’t drink and drive”. First, the service is available only in the Oklahoma City...

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Immigration Status After a DUI Arrest

Immigration Status After a DUI Arrest

If you are not a natural-born citizen of the United States and you are arrested for DUI, you probably have questions about your immigration status. Being convicted for a crime while here on a visa or without papers can have a very serious effect on you. Before your criminal case moves forward, learn about your rights should you be convicted, and determine with the help of an attorney how to fight the charges against you. Visa Holders People who hold visas giving them permission to live and/or work in the United States could have their visas revoked for an arrest or conviction...

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Travelling with a DUI on Your Record

Travelling with a DUI on Your Record

Travelling to other countries and even states could be difficult with a DUI on your criminal record. If you are planning a trip, research your destination to ensure that your travels will be smooth. Each country has its own laws relating to convictions for driving under the influence and other criminal convictions. Some are extremely strict and prohibit entry for certain people depending on their offense. For example, Canada is very strict on admitting people with DUIs, treating a DUI as a serious criminal offense. In all likelihood your DUI conviction will be considered more severe in Canada because the country...

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