Oregon DUI & Oregon Diversion Information
If you, a friend, or a loved one has recently been arrested or cited and charged with a DUI, then you are in the right place. You want to know what is going on, what the procedure is, and most importantly, how you can minimize the impact on your life. An experienced Portland DUI Lawyer can help.
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If you have been arrested or cited for driving under the influence, then time is of the essence – you have just 10 calendar days from the date of your arrest to request a DMV hearing, or your driver’s license will be automatically suspended on the 30th day following your arrest. This suspension falls under the Implied Consent Laws. Fortunately, a top Oregon DUI attorney can defend your rights both at the DMV and later in criminal court, and fight to safeguard your driver’s license and your rights. For an in-depth explanation of the DMV process and how it interacts with the criminal process, see our Oregon Implied Consent information page.
Oregon Driver License Suspension for DUII Breath Test
If you are facing a charge in Portland, you likely face two different license suspensions. First, there may be a suspension for taking a breath/blood test and failing, or refusing to take a test at all. In addition, if you are convicted of a DUI in Oregon, you face an additional suspension that can range from 1 year to the rest of your life. For information on the suspension with regards to the tests, see our Oregon Implied Consent Suspension Length page. For information on suspension with regards to a conviction, see our page on DUI License Suspensions. we can fight to help you keep your license.
Diversion can get your case dismissed. When first arrested for DUII, most people’s first question is “Am I eligible for Diversion?” In general, if you haven’t had a prior DUII or court-ordered drug/alcohol treatment, you do not have a commercial driver’s license, and there was no one under 18 with you in the vehicle, you will be eligible. This can be a complicated process and we are happy to help. Having an experienced lawyer with you can make the Diversion process much easier. Click here for an in-depth discussion of Oregon DUI Diversion Eligibility. Click here for the Diversion Program Requirements – these are the hoops you must jump through for a dismissal.
Fight your DUI
If you are not eligible for Diversion, your only choices will be to take a plea or to fight your case. See our Oregon DUI Defense page for more information on how the state will come after you and how you can fight back with the help of an experienced Portland DUII lawyer. If you are convicted of a DUI in Oregon, your penalties can vary, depending on where the offense happened. If you got a DUI in Portland, this is likely a Multnomah County DUI. Multnomah County has a process for 1st-time convictions that can help you avoid jail time. Your court fees are also often reduced. For more information, see our Multnomah County DUI page.
Hillsboro Defense; Clackamas Defense
Besides Multnomah County, the other main counties in the Oregon metro area are Washington County (Hillsboro, Beaverton, etc) and Clackamas County (Oregon City, Lake Oswego, etc). Washington County and Clackamas County have different consequences and procedures than in Portland. Click here for more information on those penalties. Having a DUI lawyer with experience in Hillsboro and Lake Oswego can make a big difference.
Felony DUI in Oregon
If you are facing your 3rd (or more) DUI charge, then this may be a felony. A felony carries serious charges, including a minimum of 90 days in jail (without good time or any early release) and can carry up to 5 years in prison. These type of offenses are very serious. For further information, click here. If you think your DUI might be a felony, contact a local defense lawyer immediately.
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Hopefully, the information here will be able to answer your questions. If you still have concerns, or if you have an upcoming court date, you should speak with an experienced Portland attorney as soon as you can.
Criminal defense is something we take very seriously, and we want to help you through this difficult time. Give us a call today for an absolutely free consultation.