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DUI as the Most Common Traffic Crime

The following categories include the full range of DUI legal representation. If you are stopped for any reason and are concerned about a possible DUI charge, you can immediately ask for a lawyer. You do not have an obligation to talk to the police and, in fact, most people convict themselves when they do talk to the police. - "Touch to call" - 24/7 Phone Support 503-378-7744

List of Related Charges with Traffic Offenses

    Recklessly Endangering Another Person
    Reckless Driving
    Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
    Failure to Perform Duties of Driver When Property is Damaged (Hit and Run)
    Failure to Perform Duties of Driver to Injured Persons (Hit and Run)
    Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer (On Foot)
    Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer (Vehicle)
    Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor)
    Driving While Suspended (Felony)
    Assault in the Fourth Degree
    Assault in the Third Degree
    Assault in the Second Degree
    Assault in the First Degree
    Manslaughter in the First Degree
    Aggravated Vehicular Homicide

DUI Charges-Convictions-Sentencing

A person can be charged and convicted of DUII based on one of two theories: (1) driving with a .08 or greater blood alcohol concentration (BAC); or (2) driving while "under the influence" of alcohol and/or drugs. For a DUII conviction, the State must prove that (1) on a certain day, (2) in a certain county, (3) in Oregon, (4) you, (5) were driving, (6) a vehicle, (7) upon a highway or premises open to the public, (8) while under the influence of intoxicants. Although DUII most commonly involves the consumption of alcohol, you can be convicted of DUII by driving under the influence of controlled substances, or DUII-CS. Driving while under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, inhalants, certain prescription medications, and other controlled substances carries the same penalty as driving under the influence of alcohol. District Attorneys typically recommend jail upon a first DUII conviction. The law requires a judge to impose a minimum of 48 hours jail or 80 hours of community service, and to suspend your Oregon driving privileges for 1 year. Second and third convictions will receive substantially more severe sentences. reference: www.SalemDUI.com

DUI Law - Misdemeanor or Felony?

In the State of Oregon, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) is either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class C Felony. Misdemeanor DUII is punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine of $6,250. Felony DUII is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $125,000. In Oregon, DUII is a misdemeanor crime unless you have three or more prior DUII convictions in the past 10 years. If convicted of misdemeanor DUII, your Oregon driving privileges will be suspended for one year, three years, or revoked for life, depending on your driving record. If convicted of felony DUII, your driving privileges will be revoked for life.

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DUI Attorney Gig Wyatt
Law Firm of Harris, Wyatt & Amala LLC
5778 Commercial Street SE Salem, Oregon 97306
(503) 378-7744
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