The stress of a DUII charge can be overwhelming and incredibly confusing for many people. It is important to contact a DUII attorney immediately. Although it is a very common charge that many people get, a DUII 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 other traffic violation that starts a DUII investigation. One of the most common mistakes people make is the admission to the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. All that admission does is give the officer grounds to fully initiate a DUII investigation. Generally, it starts with an admission or odor of alcohol, but once the officer has a justified belief you will be asked to perform extremely difficult standardized field sobriety tests (SFST).
In general, every situation is different. That said, typically when you're arrested for DUII you will usually be taken to the jail/police station and asked to provide a breath sample. Many people have the question of “should I blow?”—The answer is: call an attorney as soon as you can after your arrest. The police are required to give you a reasonable amount of time to contact an attorney. 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.
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 DUII 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 an attorney that understands the local customs and practices, so that you can be in the best possible position at all times throughout your DUII 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 DUII 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 DUII allegations.
How are these fought?
DUII charges can be extremely complicated, hiring an attorney who is familiar with these cases is a great first step. Over the years we have fought many DUII cases for first time offenders eligible for diversion, to repeat offenders facing a Felony DUII and permanent license revocation.
As a brief overview, fighting your case begins with the implied consent hearing and thorough cross-examination of the officer at this hearing. The next step is fighting the crime of DUII in court. This consists of filing the appropriate motions and advocating for you all the way through the trial. This firm uses top-tier investigators, former police officers and drug recognition experts, and expert toxicologists to call as expert witnesses during your DUII 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
- Multnomah County Circuit Court
- Washington County Circuit Court
- And many other State and Municipal Courts around the Portland area.
Experienced criminal defense in your DUII case makes a difference. Call today to set up an appointment for a confidential consultation.
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.