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Being arrested for DUI takes a toll on you financially and is extremely stressful for your family as well as yourself. So WHAT happens after a DUI Arrest?
Oregon DUII Laws
Oregon DUI arrests (often called DUI or DWI) trigger two separate cases: (1) DMV case, where the person's driver's license may be suspended from anywhere from 90 days, to three years and (2) a DUI criminal case, where significant punishment including jail time, fines, mandatory classes, required ignition interlock devices, and other consequences can be imposed.
First, the DMV case: This is the DMV process and your right to drive in Oregon granted by DMV. It’s not a criminal process, but it can be critical to how your criminal DUI case will be resolved. Read More….
The Second is the DUI criminal prosecution: This is the case that will proceed through criminal court. Either Oregon Circuit Court, or in some cases a City (Municipal) Court if the place you were arrested has a Municipal Criminal Court. (The most active DUII Municipal Courts locally are in Beaverton and Lake Oswego.) Read More about the Criminal Process.
Why Hire Us?
The Winning Edge - Second Look, Second Opinion
There are a lot of DUII lawyers in Oregon. Why hire us? We offer something that few lawyers can offer. Every week our criminal defense team of five lawyers meets to review police reports, plea offers, and to discuss trends and changes in the courthouse. You are guaranteed that your police report will be reviewed, and your plea offer and available defenses will be discussed, at our weekly team meetings.
Whether it's the newest court of appeals decision, new court policies that were recently imposed, a change in sentencing policy at the DA's office or even a new Judge on the trial rotation. Our team approach and regular meetings makes sure that we are aware of all factors that could affect your case.
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DMV Suspension Because of DUII Arrest
The DMV Case: License Suspension
When you were arrested for DUI, you most likely were asked to take a breath test to measure your blood alcohol content (B.A.C). If you refused, or if you failed the test by blowing a .08 or higher, your right to drive in Oregon is scheduled to be suspended 30 days from the date of your DUI arrest.
Avoiding DMV - DUI License Suspension
If you want to avoid the DMV license suspension, you have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to contact the DMV and schedule a hearing. You need to act quickly and retain an attorney who knows what they’re doing and who can preserve your right to a hearing.
The DMV hearing is a critical stage for the DUI defense attorney since it's not only a chance to avoid a suspension, but a chance for your attorney to question the police officer who arrested you.
Even if you believe you may be guilty of DUI. An experienced attorney can sometimes avoid a license suspension, or use the information obtained at the DMV hearing to win your case, or mitigate any impact in Criminal Court.
It’s critical to hire a DUI Lawyer as soon as possible so you can effectively use the DMV hearing opportunity. Call one of our attorneys today a for a free phone consultation 503-648-4777 and a flat fee quote.
The DUI Criminal Case
Oregon DUI/ DWI law does not require that you be drunk to be convicted of Oregon a DUI. you may be convicted of DUI if you are merely “affected to some perceptible degree” by the intoxicant you have consumed. The test is whether you lack the clearness of mind and physical control that you normally possess because of the intoxicant you have consumed. Intoxicants include drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both.
Drug or prescription medication DUI
If you are in such a physical condition through the use of medication, drugs or even fatigue so that you become affected by a lesser amount of intoxicant than would normally affect you, you may still be found guilty of the charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants if your mental or physical faculties are affected to a noticeable degree.
Am I Eligible for Diversion?
What is Diversion?
For a first time offender, Diversion may be an option. Under Oregon state law, a person who has not been convicted of a DUI or participated in another Diversion type program within the last fifteen years, can apply for Diversion and avoid a DUI conviction. Diversion requires you to plead guilty or no contest to the charge and agree to undergo alcohol assessment and treatment. There are also fees and costs.
Diversion is not available if; you've been in court ordered alcohol or drug treatment within the past fifteen years; there was an injury accident associated with your DUII, or; you have a CDL (Commercial Drivers License). There are also many other discretionary factors a Judge may consider to disqualify a person from entering a Diversion program. Because you have to enter a guilty or no contest plea to enter Diversion, you should have and experienced DUI lawyer review the police reports and the DMV materials, including the breath test documentation, prior to entering the program.
What are the Penalties for a DUI conviction in Oregon?
Being convicted of Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DWI/DUI/DUII) has extremely serious consequences and penalties. If found guilty a first DUI, you could be fined a maximum of $6,250 up to $10,000, depending on the facts of your case. Your driver's license will be suspended for one year and you will be required to submit to an alcohol evaluation at your own expense and to complete any treatment program recommended by the evaluator, and you could receive one year in the county jail.
What Can I get for a First Time DUI in Oregon
On a first DUI - DWI - DUII the court is most likely to order at a minimum:
- 18 months to 24 months of probation;
- At least 48 hours in jail or at least 80 hours of community service;
- Court costs and various fees and assessments totaling about $400;
- A mandatory minimum fine of $1,000;
- That you obey all laws during the probation period;
- That you not drink alcohol or use or possess drugs;
- That you attend a Victims Impact Panel.
Second DUI conviction
The mandatory minimum fine will be $1,500.00, and the driver's license suspension may be elevated to 3 years. In addition the probation term will be longer, you will have more strict rules of probation, and the jail time increases significantly. The jail time will depend on which court you are in (Which is why it’s critical to hire an experienced attorney who focuses their practice on DUI cases in the geographic location where the incident occurred).
Third DUI conviction
A third DUI conviction is a Felony in Oregon and you can face prison, not just local jail. The maximum time on a Class C Felony is 5 years in prison. But the standard sentencing range will be based on your record. In any event it will be at least 90 days in jail and could be 13-14 months in prison. It could even be more if you have other non DUI felonies on your record. You need to talk to an attorney who knows DUI sentencing guidelines in order to get a fair estimate of what sentence could be imposed in your case. A third DUI also includes a fine of at least $2,000.00, and your driver's license could be revoked for life.
More than Three DUI convictions
If you have four or five or more DUI arrests and convictions, you will most certainly be facing a prison term of at least 18 months, as well as the lifetime suspension of your drivers license and mandatory fines.
How Much Jail Will I serve?
This is a case by case analysis. But obviously, the jail sentence imposed on a second or third DUI offense will be significantly greater than the sentence imposed on a first DUI offense.
Can I Get a DUI reduced?
Oregon DUI cases may not be plea-bargained to lesser charges. While plea deals of this type are common in some states, in Oregon this practice is prohibited by state law. So, if you want to get a DUI dismissed, you will need to go to trial and win.
Do I need a DUI Attorney?
The DUI defense team at Harris Law Firm is dedicated to providing aggressive and comprehensive defense to individuals who have been arrested for DUI Our attorneys focus their practices on DUI defense cases. We will be with you in court every time, making sure that your rights are respected and that you are treated fairly. Punishments for DUI is severe so be sure to hire the best DUII attorney you can afford.
For a Free Phone Consultation, call our office during business hours and you will talk to one of our highly rated DUI attorney at no charge. We can further explain the process and give you a firm flat fee retainer quote before you come in.