Attorney Angela Singleton - Oklahoma City Criminal Defense

How Can An Attorney Help Someone To Get Out Immediately?

An attorney can’t get you out of jail immediately if you are facing criminal charges. Your bondsman is the best bet for that. What an experienced criminal attorney can do immediately is start working to protect your rights. Your attorney can be at the arraignment with you when the judge actually sets the bond. There are standard bonds for whenever you’re arrested, but the judge essentially makes the official bond. An attorney can be present during that time and can ask for a lower bond on your behalf. They can also start protecting your rights with regard to your driver’s license and ensure that your ability to drive in the future is protected.

What Is The Implied Consent Law In Oklahoma?

Implied consent is pretty straightforward in Oklahoma. It’s the law that says that if you’re driving on a public roadway, then you are consenting to a blood alcohol test. If you refuse that test, then your driver’s license will be suspended.

Can I Consult With An Attorney Prior To Making A Decision On Chemical Test In Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, you cannot contact an attorney before you decide whether or not you’re going to take the state’s tests. That should be explained to you when they read you the implied consent law before asking whether or not you’ll take the test. There are also some instances when you don’t have a choice in the matter. For example, if you’re involved in an accident that involves serious injury or death, they are going to give you the test whether or not you give consent.

When Do Miranda Rights Come Into Play In A DUI Case?

To be clear, you always have the right to remain silent and you should never give a statement to the police. Now, Miranda is something that’s very specific. Miranda is specific to in-custody interrogation by law enforcement. So if you are in custody, officers are required to explain your rights to you and ask you if you waive those rights. If they fail to do that, then anything that you say to them can be kept out of your case. But your best course of action is to simply tell them that you will not give a statement and that you want to have an attorney with you.

Why Are The Days Following A DUI Arrest Critical For Someone’s Driver’s License?

What’s important to know (and what an officer should tell you) is that once the officer signs that affidavit saying that you either took the test or didn’t take the test, you have 15 days from that date to request a hearing from the Department of Public Safety regarding your right to drive. If you miss that 15-day period, you do not have another opportunity to request that hearing. So, you need to have that knowledge and make sure that you’re in contact with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your driving rights are protected.

What Does Someone Leave The Jail With In Terms Of Paperwork After Being Released On Bail?

If you have a bondsman, they should provide you with some information regarding your bond, how much you owe them, and your court date. The jail should also release you with paperwork that has your court date on it. Once you’re released, it’s important that you keep every single piece of paper that you’re given so that you know where you need to go for court. If you had anything on your person that was taken when you were taken into custody, you’ll want to have receipts for those items. Lastly, if your car was impounded as a result of your DUI arrest, they should give you the information about where your vehicle is and how you can get that released from impound. The longer your car stays impounded, the more money it’s going to cost you.

How Can Pretrial Counseling Or Treatment Programs Impact a DUI Case?

Getting counseling, or going to AA or NA meetings can usually only help you. I typically have my clients start doing that before their very first court date. It’s not going to hurt you in any way. If you decide that that’s not information you want to share with the prosecutor, then that information can stay between you and your attorney. However, if you decide that you want to negotiate your case, it gives you some leverage. It gives you something to take to the prosecutor and say, “Look, we are doing counseling, we are doing AA, we want to resolve this in the best way possible.” So, it gives you the power to negotiate a better outcome.

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