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Holding Bars & Other Alcohol Establishments Responsible

One of the most common criminal law offenses is driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. However, the driver may not be the only one at fault for drunk driving. If someone is visibly drunk, a bartender or other host is legally obliged to stop serving him or her alcohol. When they ignore this obligation, they can be held liable for any ensuing damage or personal injury.

At The Handley Law Center, our senior attorney, Fletcher Handley, is known throughout Oklahoma and the nation for his work in bar and liquor liability or social host liability. He is the author of Oklahoma Dram Shop Law: A Primer.

Our firm works to ensure that victims of drunk driving or behavior and their families are fairly and fully compensated from all those responsible, including the bar, restaurant or individual who served the alcohol.

Experienced Canadian County Dram Shop Law Attorney

Known in legal terms as “dram shop liability,” this law simply states that any host serving alcoholic beverages has the obligation to ensure guests drink responsibly. While everyone’s alcohol tolerance is different, there are visible signs that indicate when a person has had too much to drink, such as:

  • Slurred speech

  • Rambling or incoherent conversation

  • Swaggering or difficulty walking in a straight line

  • Erratic movement

  • General lack of coordination

  • Loud or boisterous behavior

  • Argumentative, offensive or belligerent conduct

  • Other signs of abnormal behavior

Should an accident involving alcohol occur, our lawyers help victims pursue every legal option for compensation for damages suffered due to inebriation, including personal injury and pain and suffering. We are always up front about the relative chances of success in pursuing a dram shop case, and only attempt to obtain an amount that is fair.

While we always strive to reach amicable settlements, we are never afraid to take your case to court, if necessary. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not collect attorney fees unless we obtain a favorable settlement for you.

Everyone Needs A Good Lawyer

If you need experienced legal advocacy, contact our law firm to speak with one of our Oklahoma bar and liquor liability attorneys. Call us during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. The Handley Law Center maintains offices in Oklahoma City and El Reno, Oklahoma.

If you need quality, cost-effective law services, contact our firm.