3 Things Most People Get Wrong About Distracted Driving

Although drunk driving is seen as one of the worst things you can do in a car out on the open road, the fact is that it’s not always the most dangerous. Distracted driving has been found to be just as dangerous, if not more so, than the act of driving while intoxicated. You might not even realize when you’re driving while distracted, which makes it more difficult to avoid. In today’s post, we’ll discuss three surprising truths about distracted driving in the hopes that you’ll do everything you can to avoid these behaviors yourself.

Distracted driving is downplayed — and it’s getting worse.

There are a great many drivers who get behind the wheel while they’re intoxicated. That fact alone is enough to scare you right off the road. But even more startling is the fact that distracted driving is probably more common and is totally underplayed. Most of us know the risk we take if we drive drunk, but the majority of drivers actually believe that they can engage in distracted driving behaviors safely.

A survey conducted in Washington state found that 70% of drivers felt motorists who texted or emailed while driving were a serious threat to their safety, but 75% of drivers surveyed felt it was unlikely that they’d crash their cars due to texting and driving. Something doesn’t quite add up there. New data also shows that the problem is becoming more pronounced: Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that distracted driving occurred in just over 36% of trips taken within a six-month period, which represents an increase of 5% from the previous year.

The takeaways? Distracted driving behaviors are becoming more prevalent, yet drivers are somehow less likely to believe they’re putting anyone’s safety at risk by engaging in these behaviors. In other words, roads are becoming less safe and we aren’t seeing how our actions are making the problem worse.

Distracted drivers aren’t always those you’d blame first.

Inexperienced drivers are certainly the most likely to underestimate road dangers. That includes the dangers presented by distracted driving or even drunk driving. Minors under the age of 21 are more likely to be involved in crashes in general, so it’s not surprising they’re likely to partake in reckless behavior behind the wheel. But teenagers aren’t always the most likely culprits.

A recent study conducted by AT and T found that adults are actually more likely than teens to engage in texting while driving. The study revealed that while 43% of teens admitted to texting while driving, 49% of adults did, too. Even more surprising is the fact that 60% of adults said they didn’t engage in texting while driving three years prior, which suggests that it’s not just teens who are addicted to their phone use. A separate study published by the Society for Risk Analysis found that female drivers are also more likely to drive distracted.

That said, any motorist can engage in distracted driving behaviors. Regardless of age, gender, or experience behind the wheel, you can be forever affected by these choices.

It’s not all about the phone.

Around 660,000 drivers use cell phones or other electronic devices while driving at any given moment. But distracted driving isn’t all about phone use. Eating or drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving can be just as dangerous as texting or emailing. There may be no law that specifically prohibits you gobbling down your breakfast in morning traffic, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. Exxon-Mobile actually found that 70% of drivers eatwhile driving and 80% drink non-alcoholic beverages while driving. Even having a conversation or adjusting the radio station counts as distracted driving — and anything that takes you away from operating your vehicle can be a huge hazard.

The dangers of drunk driving cannot be understated, but they aren’t the only problem. While DUII allegations are certainly no laughing matter, every motorist needs to take steps to prevent distracted driving behaviors as well. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a dire situation that requires assistance from reputable attorneys. If you or someone you love is facing charges of distracted driving or drunk driving, please call our law firm today.

DUII Penalties Explained: What To Expect If You’re Convicted in Oregon

Drunk driving is a far too common occurrence on today’s roads. Shockingly, the average drunk driver has operated a vehicle under the influence 80 times before they’re ever arrested. But that doesn’t mean making the decision to drive drunk won’t come with consequences. Police departments are cracking down on this issue all across the country — so whether it’s your first time or your 50th time getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, you’ll have to deal with some massive ramifications if you are arrested.

In Oregon, there are certain penalties you’ll incur if you’re arrested for drunk driving, which may still apply even if you aren’t convicted. And if you doend up with a DUII conviction on your record, the consequences will be even more severe (particularly if you’ve been convicted of DUII charges before). For these reasons alone, hiring a DUII lawyer becomes essential. While even the best DUII attorneys may not be able to have the charges against you dropped completely, having reputable legal representation will increase your chances of a more positive outcome.

What are the penalties for DUII arrests and convictions in Oregon?

    • License Suspension/Revocation: Oregon has what are known as implied consent laws, meaning that refusing to take a breath or blood test upon your arrest will actually have the same outcome as failing these tests — a driver’s license suspension. Your license may be suspended for 90 days or up to three years simply due to your arrest and your failure or refusal to take the test. If you are subsequently convicted for a DUII, your license will be suspended for at least a year; it can even be revoked permanently if this is your third DUII conviction.

 

    • Ignition Interlock Installation: If you apply for a hardship permit (i.e., an exception to your license suspension that could allow you to drive to work and to drug/alcohol treatment) or once your suspension period is up, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. The period for this installation will be determined by the severity of your crime; for example, a first-time offender will have to keep an IID in their car for a year following the one-year license suspension period, while a second-time offender will need an IID in their vehicle for two years once their three-year license suspension period is up. This device will require the driver to pass a BAC test each time they drive to ensure compliance.

 

    • Fines, Fees, and/or Restitution: If you’re convicted of a DUII, you’ll have to pay substantial fines. At a minimum, this fine will be $1,000 — but fines may be as high as $10,000. In addition, you’ll have to pay fees to the court system (including the costs associated with IID installation and maintenance). And if you damaged any property or caused any injuries as a result of your drunk driving, the court may force you to pay restitution as part of your sentencing.

 

    • Jail Time, Community Service, or Prison: First-time DUII offenders will typically be sentenced to either 80 days of community service or jail time, which can range from a couple of days to an entire year. Those who are convicted of multiple DUII offenses may face anywhere from 10 to 180 days in jail. In general, probationary periods can last for up to three years, during which other regulations must be met. Those who commit a felony DUII may face 13 to 60 months in prison, which makes hiring a DUII lawyer a must.

 

  • Drug/Alcohol Treatment and Victim Impact Panel: If you are convicted of a DUII, you will be required to participate in (and pay for) a drug and alcohol treatment program. You could potentially be eligible for a DUII diversion program in lieu of a conviction, which also involves a treatment program. You will also have to pay for and partake in a victim impact panel to understand how accidents involving drunk drivers have devastated victims and their families.

With the serious legal and financial penalties that come with DUII arrests and convictions, it’s clear that hiring a DUII lawyer for your case is vital. To find out about hiring a DUII lawyer for yourself or for a loved one, please contact us today.

Exploring the Differences Between First Offense DUIs and Second Offense DUIs in Oregon

An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest, but after getting charged and convicted of a DUI a first time, nobody ever thinks drunk driving is a mistake they’d repeat. But it does happen, and it can come with more severe punishments and penalties. Each state has different laws regarding first offense DUIs and second offense DUIs, and it helps to know what you’re in for to help you deter you from ever again getting behind the wheel when you shouldn’t. With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown explaining the main differences between a first offense DUI and a second offense DUI in Oregon.

First Time DUI Offense in Oregon

The State of Oregon prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with a .08 percent or above blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you get charged and convicted of DUI for the first time, you may be faced with anywhere from two days to one year of jail time. Other potential penalties include 80 hours of community service, fines up to $10,000 if a child is in the car, and license suspension for up to a year. After the suspension, you may be subject to installation of an ignition lock device that disables a vehicle from starting unless the driver can pass a BAC test. Finally, you can typically expect to have to participate in a drug and alcohol program like the Victim’s Impact Panel Program. Of course, a criminal defense attorney in Beaverton can help navigate your case and lower your penalties.

Second Time DUI Offense in Oregon

If you get charged and convicted of DUI in Oregon for the second time, you’ll be faced with up to a year in jail time. The minimum fine is $1,500, and your license may be suspended for up to three years if the offense occurred within five years of the first offense. You can also expect to have to install an ignition lock device for two years after the suspension, and like before, you’ll have to participate in various drug programs.

About 10% of licensed drivers are under 21, yet they are responsible for 17% of fatal alcohol-related crashes. Regardless of your age, however, it’s always best to contact a criminal defense attorney in Beaverton to help navigate your case and get your punishment reduced. For more information about DUI attorneys, contact Jared Justice.

3 Important Questions To Ask Your Prostitution Defense Lawyer

Every year, nearly 80,000 Americans are arrested for soliciting sex. Legal statistics point out that even more individuals are arrested for prostitution than for paying or promising to pay for sex. Unfortunately, these arrests can have drastic consequences for those involved. That’s why it’s essential to contact a sex crime defense attorney if you find yourself in this type of situation. But the process of vetting possible prostitution lawyers can feel intimidating for many people. When you meet with your attorney for an initial consultation, here are three questions you can’t forget to ask.

What is your experience with cases like these?

Every lawyer has their own set of experiences and areas of practice. While that doesn’t mean that a single firm can’t handle a variety of cases, it does mean that most will focus on certain types of law. In the same way that you wouldn’t book an appointment with a cardiologist if you were suffering from a neurological disorder, you shouldn’t hire a real estate attorney to take on your personal injury case. Although you may weed out some of the poorest legal fits in your initial search, it’s still a good idea to find out what kind of experience your attorney has had with sex crimes cases. You can’t afford to trust someone with very little first-hand knowledge of these cases, particularly if your case will end up going to trial in a court of law. Ask for specifics and don’t be afraid to grill your lawyer a bit on exactly how familiar they are with these cases before officially hiring them to represent you.

What are the likely outcomes for my case?

It’s important that your prostitution lawyer is straightforward with you about the likely scenarios that could play out in court. In other words: they shouldn’t tell you what you what you want to hear instead of the truth. Making promises that they can win your case when you’ve got an uphill battle in front of you will do you absolutely no favors. Even if your lawyer is highly revered, they cannot guarantee a result. They can, however, provide you with an educated assessment of how your case may play out and the consequences you could face. Having a lawyer you can trust to protect your interests and to provide you with logical advice is key.

What is your strategy for my case?

Not only do you need to analyze your prostitution lawyer’s experience and their predictions for your case’s outcome, but you also need to determine what their strategy recommendation will be. Your lawyer should explain what they feel are the best ways to handle your case, as well as the potential pros and cons of these strategies. They should also be upfront about whether there might be a way to avoid a trial altogether — though if they feel it’s in your best interests to fight in court, that should also be part of the conversation. Once you have a better idea of how this attorney would approach your case, you’ll be able to compare this assessment to the information you receive from other possible candidates and see which feels right to you.

If you are facing sex crime charges, hiring a prostitution lawyer is vital. But knowing how to choose your attorney can feel daunting. By conducting thorough research and asking the right questions, you may feel much better equipped to take on this responsibility and make a decision that can help protect your rights.