Bend DUI Defense Attorney

Defending Against Drunk Driving Charges in Bend, Oregon

At the Portland law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our lawyers defend clients in Bend and throughout central Oregon against DUII charges. We evaluate all the evidence against you to ensure that the police preserved your rights while conducting the traffic stop, field sobriety tests and arrest.

Your driver's license may be suspended if you are arrested. To prevent the administrative suspension of your license, you must first schedule a hearing with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Bend or elsewhere in the state within 10 days of your arrest. Our attorneys will appear at the hearing to advocate for you. This is in addition to vigorously defending you against the criminal DUII charge.

If applicable, we will also help you seek a hardship license that will allow you to:

  • Commute to work
  • Look for a job
  • Attend drug or alcohol treatment
  • Obtain ongoing medical treatment

In addition to seeking the return of your license or requesting a hardship license, our lawyers will argue vigorously for you in all court proceedings related to your DUII arrest.

We will examine your case carefully and critically to determine whether any of the evidence which the state seeks to use against you is subject to suppression, exclusion or other legal challenge. Common questions we seek always to have answered in such cases are:

  • For what reason was the client stopped or otherwise pulled over by the police?
  • For what reason(s) did the police begin investigating the driving under the influence charge?
  • At what point was the client detained, not free to leave or even arrested?
  • Did the client voluntarily speak to the police?
  • Did the client voluntarily perform any field sobriety tests?
  • Were the field sobriety tests administered correctly and lawfully?
  • Where and under what conditions were the field sobriety tests conducted?
  • Was the client afforded a meaningful opportunity to consult with a lawyer?
  • Was a breath sample obtained, and if so under what circumstances?
  • If the client refused breath and or field sobriety tests, what were the circumstances?

These are just a small example of the number of relevant questions to be answered in any DUII case in Oregon. If you are charged with DUII in Bend or elsewhere in central Oregon you need an experienced defense attorney at your side. While first time offenders may be looking at a diversion program to avoid a conviction, the collateral consequences of a DUII arrest: financial, social, familial and emotional can be severe. Additionally, the privilege of diversion can only be secured once in any fifteen year period. And even a diversionary result will result in such things as alcohol education or treatment classes, victim's impact panels and the installation of an ignition interlock device. Repeat offenders face lengthy jail and even prison sentences as well as lengthy (potentially lifetime) driver's license revocations.

Once, not even considered a criminal offense in Oregon, even a first time DUII charge is now a very serious matter. It deserves the attention of an experienced and dedicated defense attorney.

Call Our Oregon DUII Attorneys

Our law firm is committed to providing the highest-quality defense at reasonable rates and is dedicated to protecting our clients' rights. We offer a free initial consultation. Call a Bend DUI defense lawyer toll free at 1-888-311-2016 or send us an e-mail.