Proposed alcohol bill could add more restrictions to a DUI charge

Oklahoma Senator Patrick Anderson is proposing a bill that would punish those convicted with a DUI charge even further.

Senate Bill 30 asks the department to develop a procedure to order the charged individual abstain from alcohol consumption, and not be allowed to purchase alcohol for a time determined by the judge.

The bill could also form a law that would  charge you with a felony should you be caught giving or buying alcohol for a person you know is under alcohol restriction. That felony charge would come with a fine of up to $1,000, or up to a year in prison.

Defense Attorney David Slane says he sees a lot of holes in the bill and worries about it’s requirements if passed.

“The law does not have a catch all provision that would allow for circumstances if it’s in the food,” Slane said, “In cases were people have religious right to take communion where there may be alcohol in the wine does it allow for that?”

The bill also suggests a person charged with a DUI will be ordered a replacement identification card that will bear the words “Alcohol Restricted” on the front and will be required to carry throughout the remainder of their probation.

Currently, a first time DUI offense could cost you up to $10,000 in the state of Oklahoma.

“Keep in mind the consumption of alcohol has never been illegal unless you were underage,” Slane said, “and in this case they are saying we want the court to enforce something that’s almost unenforceable.”



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