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Understanding plea bargains

If you face criminal charges in Oklahoma, you likely are nervous about the prospect of going to trial and putting your fate in the hands of a jury. As you attorney may have told you, however, the majority of American criminal cases never get to the trial stage. Instead, defendants may accept a plea bargain. It is possible that the prosecutor may offer you a plea bargain, too.

A plea bargain is an agreement negotiated between the prosecutor who represents the government’s interests and your attorney who represents your interests. Naturally each of them wants to make the best “deal” possible for the side (s)he represents given the circumstances of your case. You, of course, have the ultimate choice as to whether or not you accept whatever bargain they arrive at.

3 things to do after the police arrest you for a DUI

You are well aware that drinking and driving is dangerous behavior. However, you may make bad and illegal choices sometimes. Maybe you get too drunk to fully comprehend what is happening, or your designated driver ends up ditching you.

No matter what leads to you getting behind the wheel while drunk, you may find yourself in handcuffs at the end of the night. Here are some guidelines for what you should do after the police arrest you for driving under the influence of alcohol:

Learning how alcohol affects the body may save you from DUI

The penalties associated with a DUI conviction in the state of Oklahoma are harsh. Still, many people drink and drive and risk arrest by law enforcement.

If you believe you are fine to drive after having a few drinks, you might think better of the idea if you know how alcohol affects your body.

What to avoid if you have a DUI charge

Some people in Oklahoma may not understand how much a DUI charge can ruin their lives. They may feel that a charge is the same as a conviction and there is nothing they can do to get rid of it. As harmful as a criminal charge is, it is not the final verdict in a criminal case. Until there is a conviction, there are ways they may lessen the impact of a DUI charge on their lives. 

Ignoring a DUI charge does not make it disappear. In fact, people risk jail time, fines and losing driving privileges indefinitely. To prevent issues that can make it harder to successfully defend a case, a person should consider avoiding the following things. 

What is drug court?

Across America and in Oklahoma, prisons are rapidly becoming overcrowded due to budget issues, strict penalties for first-time offenders and high rates of repeat offenders. Instead of addressing the root problems leading to criminal activity, the justice system focuses on punishment.

No doubt many criminals do need to be in prison, but you are probably not one of them. An arrest for drug possession, whether your first or fifth, should not automatically lead to incarceration. Prison time usually does not lead to positive life changes and long-term sobriety. Fortunately, you may be eligible for another option: drug court.

3 DUI myths you should not believe

Many people whose first encounter with law enforcement is getting stopped on suspicion of DUI do not have a clear idea of what happens after the charges. If this happens to you, it is important not to rely on common misconceptions you may have heard from friends or relatives.

Unfortunately, misunderstanding the nature of DUI proceedings may lead defendants to make missteps that can result in serious consequences. For this reason, always consult an experienced attorney to get an accurate picture of what to expect.

5 ways to prevent sabotaging your own defense

Every state has different ways of dealing with those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. "DUI" refers to driving under the influence while "DWI" means you were driving while impaired. These actions come with serious consequences that can greatly affect your future if they are not handled correctly.

In Oklahoma, if your blood alcohol content is at 0.08 percent or higher and you are over 21, you could face jail time, fines and revocation or suspension of your license. If you are under 21 and have any alcohol in your system, you may lose your license for anywhere from 6-36 months. The important thing when you are arrested for DUI or DWI is to keep your criminal record clear. Here are five ways to do just that.

4 reasons your breath test may be inaccurate

Have you been charged with driving under the influence? Chances are when you were pulled over a police officer administered a breathalyzer test. The results of the test may be used as evidence of an over-the-limit blood alcohol level, but many factors can affect the accuracy of a breath test. In fact, peer-reviewed studies have shown a 50 percent margin of error when comparing breathalyzer results to actual blood alcohol content. Is it possible the blood alcohol level estimated by your breath test was wrong? Yes. Here are four factors that could have compromised the results of your test.

Street drugs cause violent psychosis, damage lives of young adults

During the teen and college years, many people want to enjoy their growing sense of freedom by trying new things. These are adventurous years because you are less under the supervision of parents and able to make more and more choices on your own.

It's also a time for all sorts of experimentation. But with every new idea and experience, be careful that a single event, such as taking drugs, doesn't change your life for the worse.

Police ingenuity doesn't trump constitutional rights

Inventors, engineers, researchers and many others make advancements in technology every day that affect all aspects of our lives. One recent application is taking a bite out of crime.

Police and biometrics: a new dynamic duo

Michigan State University biometrics researchers recently worked with police to help crack a murder case. The victim's phone was locked via a fingerprint authentication system. Police provided the MSU biometrics research team with the victim's fingerprints, which had been obtained in a prior arrest.