John Dunn


Some have described me as “unwavering” when it comes to principles. Others say that I exhibit the trait of "loyalty to a fault" or that I am "utterly relentless” when pursuing an objective. As your attorney, I promise to be a loyal advocate and to be unwavering in the pursuit of your goals. I am a zealous advocate that does not shy away from conflict and litigation. I believe that the strongest weapon that an attorney can have is knowledge of his case. I will aggressively prepare your case for litigation while attempting to resolve the issues on favorable terms - a kind of "peace through strength" approach to the practice of law.

What do other lawyers say?

 "In this day of large law firms and multi-million dollar budgets for state and federal governments, don't ever forget that ONE dedicated and talented criminal defense lawyer took on the entire state of Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Attorney General's Office and beat the hell out of them.  Who says the days of the solo practitioner and Lone Wolf are gone?  Not me."  

 - Jack Dempsey Pointer     Former President of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


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Q: What is the legal limit?
A: Under Oklahoma law, if a breath test or blood test yields a blood alcohol content of greater than 0.08 mg/L, the defendant can be convicted of DUI.  If the subject has a blood alcohol of 0.06 or 0.07, the defendant may be convicted of DWI.  However, if the officer is able to testify that the defendant was "under the influence of alcohol" the state may be able to sustain a conviction on that evidence alone with no test.  Contact John Dunn, a Tulsa DUI attorney immediately for assistance in the event of a DUI/DWI charges.
Q: What are the different parts of the DUI process?
A: A DUI is comprised of TWO separate and distinct actions. 
  • Criminal - the defendant is prosecuted for the crime of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  The state must prove the elements of the crime of DUI beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted they may be punished with fines, community service, or imprisonment.  In addition, a conviction for DUI will result in the revocation of your driver's license.

  • Civil - the State of Oklahoma (through the Department of Public Safety) is suing the defendant for their driver's license.  This is an administrative action. The state must show by preponderance of the evidence that the defendant was driving or an actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.  If the state meets its burden, the defendant's license may be revoked. 

It is possible to lose the civil action but win the criminal action.  At the same time, it is possible to escape a conviction through a plea deal, and still lose your license in the civil action.  Your attorney must be prepared to defend you in BOTH actions.  Tulsa DUI lawyer, John Dunn, has proven expertise in defending clients who have received a DUI charge.

Q: What happens if the accused is under the age of 21?
A: If the accused is under the age of 21, the state need only show that the defendant's BAC was 0.02.  This is also known as "any detectable amount" of alcohol.  Should the defendant test greater than 0.02, their license may be revoked and they may be convicted of DUI. 
Q: Can a DUI ever become more serious than a misdemeanor?
A: Yes.  Any second or subsequent conviction of DUI in a court of record within a period of ten years may be filed as a FELONY and becomes punishable by a prison term in the state penitentiary.  Representative by a experienced Tulsa DUI attorney is strongly advised for anyone receiving a DUI.
Q: What is "APC"?
A: "APC" stands for "Actual Physical Control".  If a person has the ability to operate the vehicle (whether the vehicle is being operated or not) the person is said to be in "actual physical control" of the vehicle.  Therefore, a person who is passed out behind the wheel with the keys next to them in the seat may be arrested and convicted, despite the fact that they were not driving and the vehicle was not running.
Q: Can I be arrested for DUI in a parking lot or driveway?
A: Yes.  For purposes of DUI, the state has defined "public roadways" to include driveways, parking lots, or any other roadway that connects to a public roadway.  Please contact one of Tulsa's  DUI lawyers, John Dunn, for in depth answers to any of your questions.
Q: How do I get out of jail?
A: For many misdemeanor charges, there are pre-set bonds.  If there is no pre-set bond, the magistrate sets the bond based on several factors.  You may post the bond or hire a bail bondsman to post it for you to be release from custody during the criminal process.
Q: What is a "modified" driver's license?

A "modified" driver's license is often given as an alternative to having an administrative hearing.  In these circumstances, the licensee will accept a license requiring them to have an ignition interlock device installed on their car for a period of time instead of having their license suspended.

Q: What is a "ignition interlock device"?
A: An "ignition interlock device" is a device that is installed in a vehicle which will prevent the vehicle from starting until a breath sample has been received that has no ethanol detected.  The device also will require a sample to be produced when the vehicle is in operation.  If alcohol is detected in the breath sample, the device disables the vehicle and the car will not start.  These devices commonly cost approximately $100 to $150 per month. 

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If you are searching for a Tulsa criminal defense attorney, or Tulsa criminal attorney , you need to contact John Dunn.  His expertise as a Tulsa Oklahoma attorney  and determination to represent clients with the best of his ability requires Mr. Dunn spend a great amount of time with the potential client before they are even a client - before they have spent a single penny on their legal defense - reviewing their case and determining what kind of defense to put on.  Following the client interview, Mr. Dunn reviews the police reports and the state's evidence and explores each avenue that may afford a legal or factual defense for his client.

John has assisted his clients as a Tulsa DUI lawyer, If you are needing a Tulsa DUI attorney , please visit our FAQ section of DUI defense info. Please call our law office quickly to obtain the best defense as quickly as possible.

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