Clackamas & Portland DUI Lawyer
The stress of a DUI charge can be overwhelming and incredibly confusing for many people. It is important to contact a local DUI lawyer immediately. Although it is a very common charge that many people get, a DUI can have endless consequences. Let us help you through the process and fight for your rights during every aspect of your case.
The Common Traffic Stop
Often times people are initially stopped for speeding, swerving, or any number of traffic violations that starts a DUI investigation. One of the most common mistakes people make is admitting to the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. All that admission does is give the officer grounds to fully initiate a DUI investigation. Generally, it starts with admission or odor of alcohol, but as soon as the officer has a justified belief that is objectively reasonable, you will be asked to perform extremely difficult standardized field sobriety tests (SFST).
The specifics of how each situation unfolds are always different in every case. That said, typically when you're arrested for DUI, you will usually be taken to the jail/police station and asked to provide a breath sample. Many people have the question of “Do I have to blow into a breathalyzer?”—The answer is: The police are required to give you a reasonable amount of time to contact an attorney, so call a DUI Lawyer as soon as you can. Even if you do not blow, it has been a recent trend for police to obtain a warrant for your blood and have it forcibly drawn and analyzed. If you fail a breathalyzer test or refuse to take one, it’s important to understand what your next step is—the DMV hearing.
The Implied Consent Hearing (aka, the "DMV Hearing")
After your arrest, you will have 10 days to request an implied-consent hearing, or "DMV Hearing," for a BAC failure or refusal. The DMV hearing is crucial to your DUI case and suspension of your license. We commonly set these up for our clients who contact us within 10 days of their arrest.
Your Court Date
Courts vary greatly on their procedures. It is important to hire a DUI lawyer like Jared who understands the local customs and practices so that you can always be in the best possible position throughout your DUI case. It is important to note that you must be present at every court appearance (unless represented by an attorney).
Some common questions are:
- Will my license be suspended? If so, for how long?
- Will I go to jail?
- What is the diversion program? Am I eligible?
- I entered the diversion program, and haven’t heard anything. What should I do?
- Will I have to have an ignition interlock device in my car?
We are here to answer any and all questions that you have. We understand there are a lot. The hassle and uncertainty of a DUI charge can be overwhelming. We are here to fight for you and make sure that you understand exactly what is going on with the court process, license suspension, hardship permit, and many more issues that come along with DUI allegations.
How are these fought?
DUI charges can be extremely complicated—hiring an attorney like Jared who is familiar with these cases is a great first step. Over the years, Jared and his team have fought many DUI cases, from first-time offenders eligible for diversion to repeat offenders facing a Felony DUI charge.
As a brief overview, fighting your case will begin with the timely scheduling of the implied consent hearing and thorough cross-examination of the officer at this hearing. The next step begins with creating a steadfast defense strategy against your DUI charge. This consists of filing the appropriate motions and faithfully advocating for you all the way through the trial. The Law Office of Jared Justice utilizes top-tier investigators, former police officers, drug recognition experts, and veteran toxicologists as expert witnesses during your DUI trial.
We have successfully represented clients in:
- Clackamas County Circuit Court
- West Linn Municipal Court
- Lake Oswego Municipal Court
- Canby Municipal Court
- Beaverton Municipal Court
- Oregon City Municipal Court
- Molalla Municipal Court
Disclaimer: Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact an attorney. Contact Jared Justice at 503-722-3981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jared Justice is available to practice anywhere in the state of Oregon. He focuses on practicing in the following State Courts: Clackamas, Multnomah, Yamhill, Marion, and Washington Counties. He also practices in the following Municipal Courts: Lake Oswego, West Linn, Newberg, Canby, McMinnville, Troutdale, Oregon City, Beaverton, Milwaukie, Gladstone, and just about every other court in the Portland area.