Portland DUII Defense Attorneys
Fighting against Repeat Offense DUI & Felony DUI Charges
Oregon is tough on people charged with drunk driving. In fact, Oregon law does not require a person to be drunk in order 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 a DUI.
While diversion programs and other options may be available to first-time offenders, options become significantly scarcer 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 DUI if there is a minor 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 ranging 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 DUI offenses.
Proficient Attorneys, Here to Help You
At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our DUI defense attorneys in Portland have decades of experience in 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 DUI charges, clients can be confident in our ability to provide the high-quality defense they need.
Repeat Offense DUI and Felony DUI
DUI offenses in Oregon are typically class A misdemeanors, which carry a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail. However, a third or subsequent DUI 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 DUI charges come with the potential of serious consequences, felony DUI charges, in particular, come with the possibility of consequences that can be life-changing. For these offenses, 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 the 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.
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Our law firm is committed to providing high-quality legal representation at reasonable rates. We are also dedicated 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 defense lawyer, call us today at (503) 303-0771, or contact us online.