DUII charges have many collateral consequences that other crimes do not. A conviction comes with a driver’s license suspension, steep fines, treatment requirements and more. Oregon has some of the strictest DUII laws in the nation. In Oregon, you can be charged with DUII even if your blood alcohol content is below .08%. You can also be charged if law enforcement believes you are under the influence of controlled substances, even if you have consumed no alcohol whatsoever. This can even include prescription medication. If there is no accident involved in your case (and sometimes even if there is), DUII cases are frequently assigned to newer prosecutors. Therefore, these cases are frequently charged by prosecutors with little trial experience. You need an attorney who has taken DUII cases to trial to understand your risks at trial. DUII law is frequently changing and technical. A lawyer with recent litigation experience in this area can help you evaluate your options. Lissa has litigated major accident cases, so she is familiar with the investigation techniques that law enforcement has at their disposal. This is helpful even if you are charged with only DUII. She also works with experts in this field to help you understand the science (or lack thereof) behind the law enforcement investigation into your case. These experts are well-received by judges and juries, because their testimony is based on science. Many law enforcement investigation techniques are not backed by science. An experienced litigation team can help you understand what law enforcement did or did not do in your case, and what your jury trial would look like. We begin evaluating the scene and the prosecution’s evidence immediately, finding what law enforcement did not. Details and science can make or break these cases and sometimes prosecutors lack both in their case they are building against you.
If you are arrested for DUII and 1) your breathalyzer result is .08% or above, or 2) you refuse the breath test, the DMV will try to suspend your driver’s license, regardless of what happens in your criminal case. Lissa can take you through the administrative hearing process and help you defend against that license suspension.
If you have never had a DUII before, you may be eligible for the diversion program. If you are eligible, you would plead guilty or no contest to the DUII charge and enter a year-long program. If you complete all of the court requirements, your DUII charge is then dismissed. A lawyer can help you figure out whether you are eligible for diversion and help you through the court process. Lissa does not pressure her clients to take diversion. If her clients want to reject diversion and proceed to trial, Lissa is happy to help them evaluate that option.
For your first DUII conviction your driver’s license is suspended for one year. You can potentially drive on a restricted basis during that time, but you need to apply for a hardship permit with the DMV first. Lissa can help guide you through the hardship application process.
In Oregon, either jail or community service is required as part of a DUII conviction. Some prosecutor’s offices refuse to offer community service, others are amenable to it. If you decide to take a plea deal in your case, Lissa can help you negotiate the one most favorable to you.
DUII diversion and convictions both require treatment programs. However, there are multiple programs from which to choose. Lissa can discuss the various treatment programs with you, the pros and cons of each program, and help you decide which treatment program is the right fit for you. That way, when you are being evaluated for treatment, you can advocate to be placed in the program that will give you the best experience. DUII’s are a technical and frequently-changing area of the law. You need a lawyer with both extensive and recent trial experience in this area. Lissa has both- from litigating diversion eligibility to defending against manslaughter charges. She can help you understand your options and if she is the right attorney for you.
Casey Law serves all 36 counties in Oregon. We take cases anywhere in Oregon where our clients need us, but we focusour practice on Lane County, Linn County, Benton County, Douglas County, Jackson County, Coos County, and Klamath County. We appear in courtrooms in Eugene, Springfield, Florence, Coburg, Junction City, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Portland, Hillsboro, Enterprise, Hood River, Bend, Klamath Falls, Medford, and more.
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