Beaverton DUI Diversion Attorney
If you have been accused of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (commonly referred to as DUI, DUII, or DWI) you may be eligible for the DUI diversion program. Unlike many Beaverton DUI diversion attorneys we don’t just help you get into the diversion program, we help you to understand it and stick with you throughout the entire process to ensure the program is successfully completed. This will result in the charges against you being dismissed!
A DUI can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the specific circumstances of your case, and your criminal history. This should always be discussed in detail with your attorney prior to making any decisions about your case.
There are quite a few commitments a person accused of a DUI must make to successfully complete the diversion program. Paying the entry fees and completing the victim impact panel are the easy parts. There is also a drug & alcohol evaluation, classes, urinalysis testing, ignition interlock device requirements, and many other issues that can create problems for the DUI diversion participant.
A basic outline of the commitments are as follows: 1) Paying the entry fees, 2) Completing a substance abuse evaluation and the recommended treatment, 3) Attending the victims impact panel, 4) Abstaining from alcohol/drugs during the entire diversion period, and 5) Installing an ignition Interlock device during the entire diversion period.
Most problems during the diversion period arise from the drug & alcohol classes. After your evaluation (which they will likely require you to give you a UA at) you will be required to take classes. These classes generally last about twelve to sixteen weeks, during which, you will be required to give random UA's. After you are finished with the classes, many evaluators ask you to come back for what is commonly called an "exit interview", but be aware that you may be required to give one last UA. This has been an ongoing problem over the years, and the best way to fight this is to make sure you are educated and prepared.
Many times people who are eligible for the DUI diversion program choose to enter the program without the help of an attorney. Some people are successful, many are not. It is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the law, and it is equally important to hire an attorney that is familiar with the court where you are cited appear, the prosecutor in charge of your case, and the judge who will hear your case. This type of knowledge cannot be read; it is learned through experience.
Remember: you only have 10 days to request an implied consent (DMV) hearing following your Beaverton DUI arrest.
We deal with many different kinds of criminal allegations, DUI diversion issues, and diversion eligibility issues. Contact us today for help with your Beaverton DUI matter or Beaverton criminal matter.