DUI Second Offense
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal offense in Oklahoma. Under state law, any driver who is convicted of two or more DUIs within a 10 -year period will be treated as a repeat offender. In Oklahoma, a second DUI is classified as a felony offense—a category reserved for the most serious crimes. However, fighting your charge—and avoiding a felony conviction—is possible with the right defense.
Penalties for a Second DUI Conviction
Unlike a misdemeanor charge—which carries 10 days to one year of jail time—the penalties for a felony DUI conviction include a mandatory one-year prison sentence. In some circumstances, you could even spend up to five years behind bars. You will also face a lengthy license suspension and up to a $2,500 fine if you are convicted of a second drunk driving offense.
As a repeat offender, the state will also require you to be evaluated by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Depending on their assessment, you may then have to attend rehab or enroll in a similar treatment program—at your own expense.
Ignition Interlock Device
You can also expect the court to order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle before your license can be reinstated. Designed to prevent future DUIs, this device requires you to perform a breathalyzer test anytime you try to start your vehicle. If you fail the test, or attempt to disarm the device, the court will be notified and you could face additional charges as a result. Once again, you are responsible for any expenses associated with this penalty—including an initial installation fee, as well as a monthly maintenance and/or monitoring charge.
Collateral Consequences of Felony Conviction
A felony conviction may also cost you many of the rights you take for granted. Convicted felons cannot purchase firearms, obtain a passport, or vote, for example. And last, but certainly not least, having a felony on your criminal record can jeopardize countless employment, housing, and educational opportunities in the future.