The legal definitions of "driving" and "drunk" are open to many interpretations, which vary subtly from state to state. In some places, "driving" can include sitting still in a parked or wrecked vehicle with the motor off, or starting up a car in a driveway. Police can and do arrest people whom they believe are drunk before they get on the road and even when they've pulled off to "sleep it off," if they're in the driver's seat.

As for the definition of "drunk," there are several major factors to consider. You can be "legally impaired" in the eyes of the law without ever taking a drink, if you have taken other substances (including prescribed medication) that affect your ability to drive. You can also be found drunk even when you have all your faculties in perfect working order.

In short, you can be found guilty of drunk driving, also called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), if the state can prove that you are "legally impaired."


Blood tests measure the number of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, and breath tests measure grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. In most states, you can be convicted of "drunk driving" when either level is at .10 percent or higher. However, in the state of Oklahoma .08 percent is considered Driving Under the Influence. But remember, you can be convicted based on other factors even if you don't take the test.
The police may sometimes be able to require that you take a blood test to determine if you have been using drugs. Even if you have taken a legally prescribed dose of medication, you can be convicted if you are found to be impaired.

COPE, Inc. DUI Program

At COPE, Inc. we offer a 10 (Ten) and 24(Twenty-Four) hour DUI School, as well as DUI assessments. Our DUI programs and Assessments are state certified. The DUI Instructors at COPE, Inc. are state certified to teach DUI schools and are Licensed and/or certified or pursuing their credentials through The National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), The National Board of Addiction Counselors (NBAC), or Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselors Certification Board (ODAPCCB).

The schedule for our school is:

The 10 (Ten) Hour Course cost $150.00 and is conducted over a 3 day period.

The 24 (Twenty-Four) Hour Course cost $360.00 and is held on Friday from 5:30pm - 7:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am - 11:00am for six weeks.

DUI Assessments cost $175.00 and is By Appointment Only