DUII and Ignition Interlock

If you are convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) you can certainly expect to have your driving privileges suspended.  In Oregon, the mandatory suspension of your license for a first offense is one year (at least), in addition to 48 hours of jail time, a minimum $1,000 fine, and many other penalties.

The effect a suspended license can have on your life is significantly more immediate than other repercussions you may face down the line.  Fortunately, you may be eligible for a hardship permit if you get an SR-22 insurance certificate, letter from your employer (or that you are seeking employment), a judicial signature, and you must install an ignition interlock device into your car.

But what exactly is an ignition interlock device, and how is it used?  To help you better understand these requirements, West Linn Criminal Defense attorney Jared Justice put together a guide.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

In the most basic terms, an Ignition Interlock Device is a breathalyzer housed inside your car.  It requires that you pass a breath test in order to even start your car, and periodically do a test as your driving.  These results are then gathered and can be used in court, for example, if you are in violation of probation or in the DUII diversion program.

How Do I Get One?

There are many vendors that install and maintain Ignition Interlock Devices in the West Linn area.  It is generally a good idea to consult with a DUII defense attorney prior to having this installed.  An attorney will be able to help guide you through the hardship permit paperwork, the requirements of a hardship permit, and help you understand the suspension timeline in your particular matter.

Who Pays for It?

You do.  Initial installation can cost between $70 and $150, although there is also a monthly fee ($60 to $80) for the device monitoring and calibration.. All totaled, upkeep can cost roughly $1000 for a one-year period.

West Linn criminal defense attorney Jared Justice specializes in DUII Defense and Diversion Eligibility Issues. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUII, contact us today.


Benefits of a Criminal Defense Attorney

The amount of people charged with crimes each year in America cost the U.S. economy roughly $239 billion dollars (without considering the costs of incarceration).  Between the costs of criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, court staff, and judges, this has become quite expensive.  While it can be intimidating to be charged with a crime, and it can be hard to figure out the judicial system by yourself, a criminal defense attorney can be an excellent resource to turn to.

You will want to have the best possible criminal defense attorney to defend you.  Whether you are facing heavy fines or substantial jail time, these legal professionals are here to help.  Here are some examples of how a criminal defense lawyer can help you during your time of need:

  1. They will be able to negotiate with the prosecution to get you the best offer possible. Further, they can explain the likely sentence you would receive if you lose at trial—and they will be able to explain every scenario in between.
  1. They can help you deal with the emotions that often come with criminal allegations. Most criminal lawyers are understanding of how difficult this can be for you, and can usually point you in the right direction for seeking help from therapists and other mental health professionals.
  1. A criminal defense lawyer will be able to research the law surrounding your case, and help you explore certain avenues that you may not have known about if you defended yourself.
  1. They can help advocate for the most lenient sentence available. For example, your attorney can convey to the judge and prosecutor the importance of rehab or anger management counseling, and help persuade the judge impose such a sentence.  For example, the judge may have originally required you to spend time in jail, but with the help of a criminal defense lawyer you could spend substantially less time in jail or no time at all.
  1. A lawyer can help gather evidence and other information from witnesses that could be critical to your defense. Using witnesses can be especially powerful to show reasonable doubt, and an attorney will be able to ask specific questions to hopefully make that happen with ease.

If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney, please do not hesitate to contact Jared Justice today.

Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DUII Attorney

Hiring an attorney to represent you in court is a smart move when facing any legal issue, but it’s very important when you’ve been charged with a DUII. You might not have expert knowledge of Oregon’s DUII laws, which makes the right lawyer an absolute necessity. However, that doesn’t mean you should hire the first lawyer you find in the phonebook or online.

Here are some essential questions you need to be asking during your initial consultation to ensure you’re hiring the right Oregon DUII attorney for your case.

How many years have you been in practice?

If you’re facing DUII charges, you’ll definitely want to work with an attorney who has a fair amount of experience in the field. There’s nothing worse than hiring a lawyer and finding out this is their first major legal experience. If you’re hiring a lawyer in Oregon, they should know a lot more than simply that an individual with a BAC of .08% or higher is breaking the law by driving. You should be leaving your attorney’s office with the confidence that they have significant experience dealing with DUII laws and that they’ll be able to successfully represent you in court.

Who in the office will be in charge of my case?

Going to a larger law firm may have its perks, but it also means some of the lawyers may not have time to dedicate 100% of their efforts toward your case. In the event that this happens, the majority of the work will be handed off to another lawyer or paralegal working with your lawyer. Before you hire any lawyer, make sure you know exactly who at the law firm will be in charge of your case, what their qualifications are, and whether or not they will be your point of contact.

Hiring an Oregon DUII attorney to handle your case is important, but even more so is making sure you’re asking the right questions to find the best attorney available.