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New law intended to protect date rape victims may hinder judicial process

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KFOR) – One Oklahoma lawmaker claims that a new law will protect victims of date rape.

If passed, a person forcefully intoxicated and charged with a DUI could have the case dismissed. There is already an involuntary intoxication defense in place in Oklahoma.

Representative John Paul Jordan says that adding an extra, special hearing to DUI cases when the defendants claim to be “forcefully intoxicated” will speed up the process.

“The victim would have 30 days past the arraignment to request it, then 30 days past that request is when it would be presented in front of the judge,” Rep. Jordan said.

Defense attorneys that spoke to KFOR call the bill unfair because it would shift the burden to the person accused and varying ways that arraignments are done from county to county could cause more challenges to the way this proposed law would be implemented.

Information provided by KFOR. 

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