Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Cautions Motorists to Think Twice Before Drinking and Driving This Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has a unique following of fans. Of course, there are those people who are fans of the two teams playing and just plain old professional football fans in general. However, the Super Bowl attracts more than just football lovers. Surprisingly, there are some folks who tune into the game just to watch the commercials. They could care less about the game itself. Then there are those people that enjoy the half-time show. However, one of the most popular reasons people watch the Super Bowl is because it is a great reason to get together with friends and family and have a party! At most Super Bowl parties, the game comes second to the excessive spread of food and beverages. Probably the most surprising thing about the Super Bowl is that it is one of the most dangerous days to be on the roadways.

You may have heard, but the number of automobile accidents rises quite dramatically after the big game. While it may sound like an old wives’ tale, it turns out that it is true. In 2003, researchers at the University of Toronto found a 40 percent increase in motor vehicle collisions in the hours after the Super Bowl. The accident rate in the first hour after the game jumped 70 percent. The reason of course, for the rise in accidents, has been linked to alcohol consumption. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest drinking “holidays” of the year. The Super Bowl ranks right up there with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving Eve, and even Valentine’s Day as holidays where people are mostly likely to drink to excess and drive. Alcohol is the biggest factor when it comes to the increase in accidents on Super Bowl Sunday, but it is not the only factor. Other contributory factors include driver fatigue from staying up late to watch the end of the game, night-time driving, winter weather conditions and driver distraction.

The good news is that accidents caused by drivers who under the influence of alcohol are preventable. Keep these tips in mind to make sure that you have a memorable but safe Super Bowl:

  1. Ride shares: Leave your car keys at home and arrange to have a ride share service like Uber or Lyft pick you and take you home from the party.
  1. Designate a sober driver: Arrange ahead of time for someone to take you home, or better yet, have that person take you to the party as well.
  1. Stay off the roads: Since the most dangerous time to be on the roadways is the few hours after the game, try not to be on the roads during that time if you can at all avoid it, even if you are sober.

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Super Bowl Sunday, it is important to contact our seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys at your earliest opportunity. DUI is a serious offense in the state of Oklahoma. Even first-time offenders can face serious consequences if found guilty. Do not make the mistake of representing yourself or accepting whatever deal the State’s Attorney happens to throw your way.  At The Handley Law Center, our team of skilled Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will advise you of your rights and determine what defenses you may have to beat the charges. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with aggressive representation.

 

 

 

Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys Want You to Let Someone Else Do the Driving this Holiday Season

The holiday season is already in motion. Look around, and you will see that turkeys and pumpkins are being replaced with chubby guys in red suits and twinkling lights. Turn on the radio and songs about snowmen and mistletoe are overflowing from every station. Even if you are not quite ready for it—the season is here! Soon invites to holiday parties and family get-togethers will be clogging your inbox. If you are like many people, you may have more than one commitment a day—because this time of year it is always difficult to say turn down an offer to join in holiday merriment. Instead, most of us just accept the hustle and bustle that this time of year brings, thinking there will be time to relax come January. While this strategy may serve many of us well—it is important not to forget when to say “no” especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

While driving sober is not the stuff of holiday carols—it should echo a sentiment that rings loud and clear throughout the holiday season. It is important to keep in mind that enjoying time with family and friends does not mean that you cannot partake of a cup of holiday cheer—it just means that you may have to do a little planning and consider letting someone else do the driving this holiday. The following are a few ways you can enjoy the holiday hoopla without getting behind the wheel:

  • Hop into someone else’s car: If you need to hit a few parties who wants to deal with the hassle of driving and parking—especially if you are venturing some distance from home. Many cities offer ride services like Lyft and Uber in addition to or in lieu of a traditional cab company. All you need to do is download an app to your smartphone, and you can leave the driving to someone else. The best part is that these services are relatively inexpensive!
  • Let someone drive your car: Traveling to Oklahoma City for a holiday gala? Then consider using the service “BeMyDD”—which offers its customers the luxury of a having someone else drive their car but at rates much lower than a traditional chauffeur.
  • If all else fails, call AAA: This year, several cities in Oklahoma are participating in the “Tipsy Tow” program including Ardmore, Bartlesville, Enid, Lawton, Muskogee, Shawnee, Tahlequah in addition to Metro Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The service is simple to use and FREE to both members and non-members alike. If you feel like you should not drive home just contact AAA and they will arrange for you and a guest to taken home within in a 15-mile radius of your point of pick-up—including towing your car! The service is available from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Day.

If you were arrested and charged with driving under the influence this holiday season, it is important to seek the advice of a skilled Oklahoma DUI Attorney. A conviction for driving under the influence can hurt not only your pocket book with fines but may also impact your personal relationships and your livelihood. Do not make the mistake of treating a DUI like a parking ticket. At The Handley Law Center, our team of experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will properly advise you of your rights and help you unearth any defenses. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with quality representation.

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys Warns Motorcyclists: “Drinking and Riding Do Not Mix”

 

If you are a motorcyclist the months of March and April have a special meaning for you. It is the time of year when the weather becomes nicer and the open road seems to call your name. If you find that you have the itch to jump on your bike and ride off into the sunset, you may just have spring “riding” fever. If you have the fever, you are not alone. Bike clubs across the state and the country are gearing up and there are events going on nearly every weekend. While it is a great time of year to venture out on your bike, it is important to keep in mind the golden rule of biking which is “do not drink and ride.’

In the last several years, there have been various awareness campaigns that have touted the dangers of drinking and riding to motorcyclists. While the message is still going strong, unfortunately, it is not the only message riders are receiving. Events like bar runs, bar hopping and poker runs often have a not so subtle implication for riders to patronize the establishments sponsoring the event by buying a drink. Alcohol is also abundant at area rider festivals. The problem is that all of these messages work to create a culture that seems to say “it is okay to drink and ride, everyone does it, it is normal.”

But drinking and riding is not just a bad habit, it is downright deadly. Of the nearly 4,300 riders who died in motorcycle crashes in 2014, 30 percent were alcohol impaired (had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher). The percentage of riders killed that where under the impairment of alcohol jumped to 43 percent for those riders killed in single vehicle crashes. More than half of all riders who were fatally injured in a crash at night (between the hours of 9pm and 6am) had a BAC at or above the legal limit. One of the reasons that alcohol poses such a danger to motorcyclists is due to the drug’s ability to impair a person’s judgment. Or, in other words, alcohol turns otherwise intelligent people into people who make some pretty stupid decisions. For example, a rider who would never even consider riding without a helmet is much more likely to forgo wearing a helmet after consuming alcohol. Since riders who do not wear helmets are at a much higher risk of suffering a fatal injury—it is a dumb decision for a rider to choose not to wear a helmet.

Alcohol also has the power to give people a false sense of courage. This “courage” in turn makes people more likely to think that they are invincible. Thus riders who are under the influence of alcohol are more likely to speed and ride recklessly. Consuming alcohol also dulls a rider’s senses. A rider who is intoxicated is more likely to misjudge distances and react more slowly to road conditions. So the bottom line is, if you plan to ride, plan to ride sober.

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence while riding your motorcycle, do not trust your luck to get out of this jam. Rather contact a seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney. DUI is a serious offense in the state of Oklahoma. Even first time offenders can face serious consequences if found guilty. Do not make the mistake of representing yourself or accepting whatever deal the State’s Attorney happens to throw at you. At The Handley Law Center, our team of skilled Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will advise you of your rights and determine what defenses you have. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with top-notch legal services.

Should I Submit to Field Sobriety Tests When Stopped in Oklahoma?

When you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma, you typically will be asked to perform field sobriety tests (FSTs) if the officer believes you are intoxicated.  This request will be made by a law enforcement officer hovering over you with a gun in his holster and the power of arrest.  The intimidating presence of the officer combined with the way the request is made typically will make it appear as though you have no choice.  However, these tests are part of a pre-arrest screening process, so your participation means that you are offering evidence to support your arrest and prosecution.  The bottom line is that you do not have to participate and might want to consider refusing field sobriety tests unless you know you have not been drinking and will pass the tests.

There are only three field sobriety tests that have been approved for use by officers when determining if probable cause for a DUI arrest exist: (1) one-leg stand, (2) walk-and-turn, and (3) the horizontal gaze nystagmus.  While the officer might ask you to engage in other tests that you have seen on television, such as reciting the alphabet backwards, only the three tests indicated above have been approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as providing an indication of alcohol impairment.  These approved tests are referred to as “Standardized Field Sobriety Tests” (SFSTs).  Even the tests that have been approved have significant error rates that are as high as 25 percent individually.

These awkward and unfamiliar tasks require split-concentration along with a fair amount of coordination, balance, mobility, flexibility, and dexterity.  The difficulty associated with performing FSTs has become the subject of comic fodder for good reason.  The difficult mental and physical demands associated with the walk-and-turn and one-leg stand make these tasks difficult to perform even when you are stone cold sober.  Further, the officer administers these tests because he has already decided that you are intoxicated.  Given the officer’s predisposition, motorists should hardly be surprised when they learn that they have failed.

A driver’s sub-par performance on field sobriety tests can be affected by many factors that have nothing to do with alcohol, such as:

  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Obesity
  • Poor coordination
  • Age and general physical condition
  • Traffic lights or colored police strobe lights
  • Physical injury
  • Flu, colds, or other illness
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Inner-ear infections
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Proximity to traffic

The NHTSA has conceded that all of these factors can interfere with accurate SFST results.  This list of factors only constitutes some of the reasons that these “marginally accurate” tests can be even more prone to error.  There are strict procedures for administering, demonstrating, and scoring performance on SFSTs, but many officers lack adequate training or fail to comply with these strict instructions.

If you are asked to participate in SFSTs, there is little to gain, so you might want to decline.  One way to do this is to ask if participation is mandatory.  The officer legally should say no, but he might try to persuade you to agree.  If the officer does not simply take no for an answer, you might want to politely indicate you would like to talk to an attorney before making a decision.  While declining to perform SFSTs will not necessarily prevent an arrest, you will have deprived the officer of evidence to support probable cause for a DUI arrest and avoided providing evidence for the prosecutor to use at trial.

At the Handley Law Center, our DUI defense lawyers are dedicated to diligently protecting the rights, reputation, and freedom of our clients.  Our Oklahoma Criminal Defense Attorneys offer a free consultation to evaluate your situation and advise you of your options.  Call us at (405) 295-1924 to schedule an appointment in our conveniently located office in El Reno which is only a 20-minute drive from Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

The Flawed Science at the Heart of Oklahoma DUI Prosecutions

An Oklahoma DUI prosecution typically involves a broad spectrum of scientific evidence, including physiology, chemistry, psychometrics, and other areas of specialized knowledge.  Many drivers arrested for DUI assume that the science behind the evidence in a typical DUI prosecution is solid and reliable.  In reality, one of the reasons that an experienced DUI defense attorney frequently can provide an effective defense is that the scientific reliability behind DUI evidence is shaky at best.

Most DUI investigations begin with a police officer making observations during a traffic stop.  The officer typically will point to alleged physiological symptoms of intoxication, including bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, and lack of coordination.  However, these physical observations have very limited direct connection to intoxication.  These symptoms are equally indicative of diabetes, allergies, lack of sleep, and illness (flu or cold).  These are only a few common examples that show the general lack of reliability of typical police observations.

Field Sobriety Tests are the next type of unreliable evidence that police and prosecutors typically rely on in DUI cases.  These tests are hardly more reliable than the observations of the police officer.  When the officer has been trained properly and conducts the FSTs perfectly, the tests are still highly inaccurate.  These are supposed to be standardized tests conducted according to detailed instructions.  However, the tests are often administered incorrectly or given without proper demonstrations.  Although only three FSTs have been shown to have any more reliability than flipping a coin, officers sometimes administer FSTs that have been shown to have virtually no probative value.

Even when officers use one of the three tests that have better than 50-50 accuracy, those FSTs still have a significant false positive rate.  Most people would be surprised by the rate of inaccuracy associated the three approved FSTs:

  • Horizontal Nystagmus Test: Inaccurate 23% of the time
  • Walk and Turn: Inaccurate 32% of the time
  • One Leg Stand: Inaccurate 35% of the time

The final type of evidence in Oklahoma DUI cases based on unreliable science is blood alcohol testing, which often involves a breath test.  Courts across the U.S. have recognized that breath test results have a twenty percent margin of error.  This margin for error means that someone who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) below .08 percent might produce a false result above this threshold.  Even more disturbing, this margin of error assumes that the machine is properly maintained and calibrated.

The bottom line is that there is virtually no scientifically reliable evidence used in Oklahoma DUI cases.   The presumption of innocence means that the prosecutor has the considerable task of combining all of this scientifically vulnerable evidence and combining it to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence of alcohol.  We frequently utilize scientific experts to testify regarding the lack of reliability of the evidence submitted by the prosecution in an Oklahoma DUI case.

At the Handley Law Center, our DUI defense lawyers are dedicate to diligently protecting the rights, reputation, and freedom of our clients.  Our Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers offer a free consultation to evaluate your situation and advise you of your options.  Call us at (405) 295-1924 to schedule an appointment in our conveniently located office in El Reno which is only a 20-minute drive from Oklahoma City.

 

Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys Share Tips for a DUI-free Thanksgiving Eve

Thanksgiving Day is unique in many ways. It is of the biggest holidays that has no-religious significance and is celebrated by nearly every American. It is a day to gather with family to enjoy a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and other delectable fixings. As big as Thanksgiving Day is, the day before might be even more celebratory. Sure, no one ever talks about “Thanksgiving Eve”—but it does exist. With nearly everyone having off Thanksgiving Day, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has become a party night. While people spend Thanksgiving Day with family, Thanksgiving Eve is typically free to spend with old friends who also might be in town for the weekend. But if you want to whoop it up with your childhood pals, just remember that law enforcement is wise to “Thanksgiving Eve”. So to make sure you do not need mom or dad to bail you out of jail—follow these tips for a DUI-free holiday:

  • Hand over the keys, if you are going to drink. If you plan to visit a local watering hole and have a few drinks with your old pals, then plan not to drive. While it sounds simple enough, all too often people drive home after having a few drinks because they think that their blood alcohol level is below the legal limit. Guessing that you are okay to drive is a recipe for disaster. Be smart, hand over the keys if you plan to drink.
  • Set a one drink limit. If you want to hang with your friends but need to be able to drive home, limit yourself to just one drink and then switch to non-alcoholic beverages for the remainder of the evening. Most people can safely have one drink over a period of an hour or two and have a blood alcohol level below the legal limit.
  • Take a cab. Of course, if you realize that you cannot legally drive home after a night out it is always a good idea to call a cab. But consider taking a cab to the party as well. If you do not have your car with you, you will not be tempted to drive home. The round-trip cost of a cab may not be cheap, but it is a lot less costly than a DUI.
  • Be the designated driver. If you need to be up at the crack of dawn to assist the family with getting the turkey into the oven, take a pass on drinking all together and offer to be a designated driver. Your friends will be thankful that you did.

Even if you are “okay” to drive home after having a blast with friends all night, you may still want to consider taking public transportation home. Unfortunately, there are many people who will be well above the legal limit driving on Thanksgiving Eve.

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence the first thing you need to do is contact a skilled Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney. DUI is a serious offense in the state of Oklahoma. Even first time offenders can face serious consequences. Do not make the mistake of representing yourself or accepting whatever deal the State’s Attorney happens to throw at you. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will properly advise you of your rights and help you determine how to best attack the charges. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with aggressive representation.

Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Explain Felony DUI Charges in El Reno, Oklahoma

A DUI is a serious criminal offense in every state. Each of these states will charge a DUI as a felony under certain circumstances such as multiple DUIs within a certain time period. Since Oklahoma’s felony DUI laws are among the nation’s strictest, you will need the help of a seasoned Oklahoma DUI attorney if you are arrested for this offense.

Second Offense DUI

Oklahoma is one of only two states that will charge you with a felony for a second DUI even in the absence of aggravating factors. To qualify as a second DUI, probation for your first DUI must have ended no longer than ten years ago. A first DUI counts against you even if it occurred in another state. Even if you received a deferred sentence for your first DUI, it will count as a first offense for felony DUI purposes if you received your deferment after November 1, 2011.

If you were convicted under Oklahoma’s restrictive under-21 DUI law, which lowers the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) minimum from 0.08% to 0.02%, your prior conviction will not count against you for felony DUI purposes. Likewise, a prior conviction for Driving While Impaired, reserved for drivers with BACs of 0.06% or 0.07% , will not count against you for felony purposes.

Other Forms of Felony DUI

In addition to a second offense within 10 years there are three other ways that a DUI charge can result in a felony conviction:

  • A first offense in which you cause an accident that results in great bodily injury
  • A first offense in which you cause an accident that results in death (in this case you will be charged with manslaughter, which is of course a felony)
  • A DUI that occurs with a minor child on board. Even a non-driver parent or guardian can be charged with felony child endangerment if he knew that the driver was drunk and allowed his child to ride anyway.

Penalties

Conviction for felony DUI will result in imprisonment from 1 to 20 years, a fine of up to $7,500, and a driver’s license suspension of at least one year. In some cases your sentence can be deferred or your jail time can be suspended. If you are convicted of manslaughter, you could face life in prison, although more lenient sentences are common.

Long-Term Consequences of a Felony

The consequences of a felony are lifelong – you will never be able to vote or own a firearm, for example. You may also find employment difficult to secure (impossible in some professions). If you are ever convicted of another crime, even a misdemeanor, your prior felony conviction might be taken into account when determining your sentence.

How a Lawyer Can Help

A skilled and savvy DUI attorney can help you in many ways, including:

  • Filing an immediate petition to preserve evidence in your favor;
  • plea bargaining with the prosecutor to have your charge reduced to a misdemeanor charge such as Driving While Impaired;
  • fighting for your acquittal in court; and
  • helping you answer questions under oath.

A felony DUI charge is not the occasion to try to “go it alone” by representing yourself or securing the services of a lawyer who lacks sufficient experience defending clients against Oklahoma felony DUI charges. The Handley Law Center, a member of the elite International Society of Primerus Law Firms, offers great expertise and stellar client track record. If you are facing a felony DUI charge in El Reno, Canadian County or even in Oklahoma City, call the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers at The Handley Law Center at 405-295-1924 for a free initial consultation.

 

Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys Discuss Certain Penalties Associated with a DUI

In addition to criminal penalties applicable to a Canadian County, Oklahoma DUI, you are also subject to a drivers’ license suspension. Since a driver’s license suspension is considered an administrative rather than a criminal penalty, and since driving is considered a privilege rather than a right in Oklahoma, it is easier for the government to withdraw your driving privileges than to incarcerate you or impose criminal fines. To protect your driving privileges in Oklahoma, you need the services of an experienced Oklahoma DUI attorney.

“Implied Consent” and DUI

Under the Oklahoma “implied consent” law, the act of driving on an Oklahoma road is deemed to be implied consent to cooperate with a sobriety test at the demand of an Oklahoma police officer who arrests you for DUI. Intoxication tests can include:

  • a field sobriety test (such as walking a straight line);
  • an Intoxilyzer test (commonly referred to as a Breathalyzer test); or
  • a saliva, blood or urine test (commonly used if you are suspected of intoxication with prescription or recreational drugs rather than alcohol).

Although in most cases you are entitled to refuse to cooperate with the test, refusal is considered an offense of its own under Oklahoma state law. Your driving privileges can be suspended even if you are never convicted of DUI, and in some cases the length of the suspension can exceed the length of a DUI-based suspension.

“Reading You Your Rights”

Before an Oklahoma police officer can demand that you submit to a sobriety test, he must first arrest you (which means that he must have “probable cause” to arrest you in the first place). He must also “read you your rights”, meaning that he must read you a prepared statement informing you if your rights concerning the sobriety test. You must be informed, among other things, that you have the right to refuse the test but that your license will be suspended if you do, and that you do not have the right to consult with an attorney before you make your decision.

The Decision

When a police officer asks you to take a sobriety test, the decision of whether or not to refuse can present you with an apparent dilemma. If you suspect that you are legally intoxicated, submitting to the test will likely result in a conviction entailing criminal penalties and suspension of your license. If you refuse, you will deny the state evidence of intoxication that it may need to secure a conviction, but you will ensure that the state can suspend your license even without a conviction. Remember two things while you are deciding what to do:

  • The state of Oklahoma can still pursue a DUI against you even without a sobriety test by using booking videos and the officer’s own testimony as evidence.
  • Your refusal can be used as evidence against you in a DUI trial — the prosecutor can suggest to the court that the reason why you refused the sobriety test is because you knew that you were intoxicated.

How a Lawyer Can Help You

When your driving privileges are threatened, you will need the services of an experienced professional at reasonable rates. The Handley Law Center is a proud member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, a very exclusive association of elite small to medium-sized law firms. If you are facing a DUI-related driver’s license suspension in El Reno, Canadian County, or elsewhere in the Oklahoma City metro area, call the Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys at The Handley Law Center during business hours at 405-295-1924 for your free initial consultation.

What Every Oklahoma Motorists Needs to Know about BAC

In Oklahoma, a motorist is considered to be driving under the influence if he or she has a blood alcohol content (concentration) or “BAC” of .08 or higher. Any motorist who has an alcoholic beverage and plans to drive afterwards, needs to understand the ins and outs of BAC so he or she can operate a motor vehicle safely within the legal limits and avoid a potential DUI.

What is BAC?

Blood alcohol concentration refers to the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood. For example, a BAC of .02% means that a person has a .02 grams of alcohol per 1000 grams of blood. Since alcohol is absorbed quickly by the body, a person’s BAC level can be measured within approximately 30 to 60 minutes after consumption of an alcoholic beverage.

How is BAC measured?

When a motorist is pulled over by a police officer on suspicion of DUI, one of the things the officer will want to do is determine his or her BAC. The preferred method police use to obtain a motorist’s BAC is to utilize a Breathalyzer test. A Breathalyzer test takes a sample of the person’s breath in order to estimate his or her BAC. The police can also obtain a motorist’s BAC by taking a sample of the person’s blood. This method is often used if a person will not or cannot voluntarily give a breath sample. Unlike breath samples, which are taken by an officer at the place where the motorist is pulled over, blood tests are taken by a trained healthcare professional usually at a hospital.

What factors can impact BAC?

Just because two people drink the exact same amount of alcohol does not mean each will have the same BAC. How an individual’s body processes alcohol depends on various factors, including a person’s:

  • Weight: The more a person weights the more water he or she has in his or her body. Water helps slow the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream, resulting in a heavier person having a lower BAC than a person who weighs less.
  • Gender: Alcohol is absorbed more quickly into a woman’s blood stream than a man’s, which can result in a woman having a higher BAC after drinking the same amount of alcohol as a man. This is because as a general rule, a woman has less water and more body fat per pound of body weight than a man of the same weight.
  • Stomach contents: The presence of food in a person’s stomach also slows the absorption of alcohol. Therefore, a person with an empty stomach would likely have a higher BAC after drinking the same amount of alcohol as a person who had a full stomach.
  • Drinking speed: A person who drinks an alcoholic beverage slowly will have a lower BAC than if he or she drank the same drink quickly.

How will I know if my BAC is at or near the legal limit?

There is no real way for a person to know his or her BAC at any given time. Especially since one sign of alcohol impairment is failure to recognize impairment symptoms. This is why the best way to avoid is a DUI is to never drink and drive. Use a designated driver or take a cab.

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence the first thing you need to do is make an appointment to speak with an experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney.  In Oklahoma a DUI is a serious offense and even a first time offender can face stiff penalties. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys can properly advise you of your rights and defend you in court. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled DUI Defense Attorneys contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924. Our team of attorneys will provide you with the aggressive representation you need.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Warn of the Dangers of Intoxicated Boaters

If you ask a hundred people when summer starts, you will most likely hear a lot of different answers. For some people, summer starts when the children are out of school. For other people, the start of summer is Memorial Day weekend. Still for yet other people, summer does not officially begin until they have their boat in the water. Boating is a great summer past time that many people enjoy. However, boating can quickly turn dangerous, especially if the operator of the boat does not exercise proper judgment.

While it is not illegal to have a drink and operate a boat, or even for a boater to have a drink while boating, it is illegal for a boat operator to have a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher or if he or she is found to be “under the influence”. Research has even shown that a person can reach the level of intoxication with blood-alcohol content well below .08 while boating due to the elements at play. For example, dehydration and exposure to the sun, wind, and waves can all magnify the effects of alcohol on the body.

Just like the driver of a motor vehicle, the operator of a boat is responsible for the safety of his or her passengers. If a boat operator chooses to drink, he or she not only risks being arrested and charged with drunken boating, he or she also puts the safety of his or her passengers in danger. Sadly many Oklahoma residents are not aware that boating while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime. Even more frightening is that many Oklahoma residents are not aware of the dangers of drunken boating. It is estimated that close to half of all boating accidents involve alcohol. A drunk boater can cause an accident which can have serious and sometimes even fatal injuries for his or her passengers or other people on the water.

In May of 2013, two young people were killed when a ski boat operated by a friend, crashed into a house boat. One of the persons killed was a former Miss Teen Oklahoma. At the time of the accident, the operator of the boat had a blood-alcohol content of .18, or more than twice the legal limit.

In early June of this year, a 33-year old Boston attorney pled “not guilty” to charges, that he was operating his boat while intoxicated, following an incident where a 19-year old woman lost her arm. According to police reports, the young woman on board the boat jumped into the water to rescue an item that had fallen in. The woman’s arm was severed when she became trapped in the boat’s propeller.  The woman also suffered injuries to her face and abdomen.

To protect yourself, never ride on a boat with an operator who has been drinking.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a boating accident caused by a drunk boater, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. All too often people are not aware that it is illegal for a person to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol just as it is a motor vehicle.  Fortunately, the attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have represented countless injury victims. At The Handley Law Center our attorneys know and understand just how devastating a boating injury can be for the victim and his or her family. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys, contact the Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. No one will work harder to obtain the compensation you deserve, than the injury attorneys at The Handley Law Center!