Drunk driving charges are a serious matter in Oregon

Tis the holiday season: A time for merrymaking and spending quality time with family and friends. Drinking is often associated with these festive events. It is important, however, to remember not to drink and drive during this time of year.

Drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of intoxicants may face harsh penalties, even for a first offense. If a driver is arrested on subsequent drunk driving charges, the offense often can be considered a felony DUII, depending on the circumstances.

Recently, a 38-year old Oregon man was found in his pickup truck, which was hanging off an overpass guardrail, held only by its tires. The man was trapped in the precariously hanging vehicle for about an hour until emergency responders were able to lift the truck down with a crane.

Police are still not sure exactly how the truck got suspended the way that it did. However, officers reporting to the scene had reason to believe the man was intoxicated and reported his blood-alcohol level to be 0.50. That is more than six times higher than the legal limit of 0.08.

First or second offenders charged with a DUI may face up to one year of imprisonment or large fines. Three or more DUI charges within a 10-year period, however, generally lead to a felony DUI charge, which subjects a person to longer prison sentences, as well as higher fines. Additionally, felony DUI charges can lead to a lifelong revocation of one's driver's license. Anyone accused of driving while intoxicated should take swift action and work to establish a strong defense, which can assist in producing a positive outcome to criminal proceedings.

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