Portland DUI Attorneys

Lawyers Handling Second DUII in Oregon

Oregon is tough on people charged with drunk driving. In fact, Oregon law does not require that a person be "drunk" to be convicted. Rather they must only have operated a vehicle while their ability to do so was "impaired" by alcohol (or a controlled substance.) This means that someone who is driving with a blood alcohol content less than .08% can be found guilty of DUII!

While diversion programs and other options may be available to first-time offenders, options become significantly more scarce with each repeat offense. Penalties increase with each subsequent offense. The minimum fine for a first conviction is $1,000;  $1,500 for a second offense and $2,000 for a third or subsequent offense (unless you receive a prison sentence.)  The fine can be as high as $10,000 for any DUII if there is a monor passenger in the car. After a first conviction, there is also mandatory jail (90 days for a third or subsequent offense) and even prison time. Your right to drive can be suspended or revoked for a period from one year for a first offense to a lifetime revocation upon a third conviction.  People who want to protect themselves from these consequences should turn to an attorney experienced in defending against repeat DUII offenses.

At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our attorneys have decades of experience defending people accused of repeat DUI offenses. From challenging the probable administrative driver's license suspension to using our tough and aggressive approach to minimize the consequences of the DUII charges, clients can be confident in our ability to provide the defense they need.

Repeat Offense DUI and Felony DUI

DUI offenses in Oregon are typically class A misdemeanors which carry a maximum of up to one year in jail. However, a third or subsequent DUII conviction within 10 years is a class C felony that can carry the very real possibility of up to 60 months in prison. While all DUII charges come with the potential of serious consequences, felony DUII in particular comes with the possibility of consequences that can be life changing. Incarceration is a definite possibility upon conviction.

We know how to defend against misdemeanor and felony charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), more commonly known as simply driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). In fact, we "wrote the book" on defense of felony DUII charges, literally. One of our attorneys, Andrew M. Kohlmetz, is the author of several chapters in the trial manuals used by Oregon criminal defense attorneys. One of them is the chapter on felony DUII in the 2001 DUII Trial Manual of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association. Clients are confident that, no matter how serious the case, we have the experience and depth of knowledge to defend them.

Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C for a Free and Confidential Initial Consultation

Our law firm is committed to providing the highest-quality legal representation for reasonable rates. We are also committed to discretion and protecting our clients' privacy to the greatest extent possible as they move through the criminal justice system.

If you are looking for an experienced Portland DUI lawyer, call toll-free to 1-888-311-2016, or send us an e-mail.