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What To Expect From Your First DUII Offense

In the state of Oregon, driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is taken just as seriously as other states' driving under the influence (DUI) violations. When you consider the fact that around 90 people die in motor vehicle crashes every day, the severity of the punishment makes plenty of sense. Let's take a look at what you can expect to happen if you're lawfully arrested for DUII in Oregon.

The Legal Team Involved In Criminal Defense Cases

While many of us have experienced the panic and fear involved in receiving something as menial as a speeding ticket, the stress cannot compare to that of being charged with a criminal offense. The differences are night and day. There is no easy fee to pay to make it all go away. There are plenty of unknowns (especially if this is your first time). Plus, the very idea of the repercussions involved in a guilty verdict can be utterly terrifying.

Unexpected Realities of Criminal Case Trials

Unless you binge watch a lot of criminal justice shows, you might be completely surprised by some court practices if you're ever charged with a crime. While your criminal defense team will obviously advise you as best as they can about what to do when being charged with a crime, there are some aspects of court that can be unexpected. Here are a few realities of life in criminal law that aren't super well-known.

A Portland Teen is Indicted For DUII and Manslaughter

On March 16, 2018, 18-year-old Caitlyn Potter and her best friend 19-year-old Kendra Cornwall were driving back from a trip to the coast to celebrate the life of their friend who had recently passed from suicide. While heading eastbound on Highway 26 between Tillamook and Washington counties, Potter lost control of the car. It slid sideways into westbound traffic, hitting one car and t-boning another.

The Up-To-Date Distracted Driving Laws in Oregon

Beyond reckless driving such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, simply driving distracted has been in the spotlight ever since smartphones became a fixture in everyone's pocket. At any given moment, approximately 660,000 American drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while they are driving, and this could have dangerous consequences. Take for example the August 30, 2018 incident in St. Helens that hospitalized a 67-year-old bicyclist. The driver of the vehicle involved will face serious criminal law penalties thanks to new amendments to Oregon's distracted driving laws this summer.

3 Weird Cases That Show The Complexity Of Criminal Defense

The criminal justice system seems pretty simple at first, especially if you're hooked on television courtroom dramas where every “perp” is found guilty after 60 minutes. Someone is charged with a crime, they go to court, the jury determines whether they're guilty or not guilty, and they're sentenced. Easy, right?

Does This Mean I'm Being Charged With A Crime?: Confusing Law Situations

First things first. “Charged” means you have been accused of a crime. “Convicted” means you have been found guilty. Makes sense? When you're suddenly in the sights of law enforcement, you might be wondering what exactly goes down as a permanent criminal offense under your name. There are many situations that feel like you're being convicted of a crime when that's not the reality. Here are a few common, everyday law enforcement situations that don't necessarily mean you have been convicted or even charged with a crime.

Legalized Marijuana in Oregon and DUI Law

As of early July 2018, Oregon recognized the third anniversary of the state-wide legalization of recreational cannabis, aka marijuana. While casual use is legal, Oregon DUI law states that driving under the influence of “controlled substances... while adversely affected to a noticeable or perceptible degree” is still quite illegal. Cannabis does, in fact, fall under the blanket statement of “controlled substances”.

Do Rideshare Apps Really Cut Down on Drunk Driving?

Do ridesharing apps help cut down rates of drunk driving? Research says... maybe.

When Is a DUI a Felony in Oregon?

Whether this is your first time facing a criminal investigation over a DUI arrest or your third, you might be curious about what your future will possibly look like after your trial, even before you speak with your legal defense team or a judge. Will you end up with a minor charge or a serious crime on your record if you're convicted?

The Most Essential Rights You Have When You're Under Criminal Investigation

Many people just don't know what to do when being charged with a crime. That's reasonable; criminal law is complicated, which is why we have criminal defense lawyers to take care of the finer points for us. But in the case that you are currently facing a criminal investigation or you're simply preparing for one in the future, here are three basic rights everyone has in the United States.

Hit the Brakes on These Summer Driving Safety Myths

About 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured. There's no denying the risks that come with getting behind the wheel at any time of the day, night, week, month, or year.

Guide to Understanding DUI and Divorce (Part 2: Custody)

In the last post, we discussed some of the many ways that DUI criminal charges can affect divorce proceedings. However, when children are involved, the entire process can change and be further impacted by your DUI. Here's part two of our guide that will address some of the ways that a DUI charge can affect child custody proceedings.

Guide to Understanding DUI and Divorce (Part 1: Divorce Proceedings)

When considering the long term consequences of a DUI conviction, many people think only in terms of the financial, professional, and social costs. A DUI conviction can cost $20,000 or more, not to mention the damage to your reputation and standing in the community. But on top of causing significant financial distress, a DUI can wreak havoc on many other aspects of a person's life, including their personal and family life.

Don't Make These 3 Dangerous Summer Driving Mistakes

In 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes, down 0.7% from 32,894 in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And while many drivers assume that winter is the most dangerous driving season, summer, too, has its fair share of risks related to visibility, road conditions, and more. Before you hit the road for your summer road trip, put safety first. Here are just a few summer driving mistakes you just don't want to make.

Officials Not Pursuing DUI Charges Against Top Doctor From Oregon Department of Corrections

After the top doctor at the Oregon Department of Corrections was arrested late last year for allegedly driving under the influence, officials have recently decided not to pursue charges, according to The Bend Bulletin.

Summer Driving is More Dangerous Than You Think: Here's How To Stay Safe

Even though the snow and ice have all melted away, that's no reason to be any less diligent when you're on the road. The truth is, though many drivers don't see summer as a dangerous time to drive simply because these risky weather conditions are eliminated, there are actually a number of risks associated with summer driving in particular. From the breaking of DUI laws to distracted driving and more, summer's a risky time to get behind the wheel. Here are just a few of our top tips to keep you safe on the roads this summer.

The Common Stages of a Criminal Investigation and What They Involve

Legislature in the United States is complex and requires a thorough understanding of the laws and their meanings. That's why people hire lawyers to defend them in criminal trials.There are 1,315,561 lawyers in the U.S. that have the knowledge required to practice law. Although, sometimes it's convenient to understand a bit of the law yourself. Whether you're involved in criminal law or a criminal investigation, or you're just generally curious, there are a few steps to the process.

Did Your Teen Just Get Their License? Here's How They Can Avoid Distracted Driving

In 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes, down 0.7% from 32,894 in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This safety data always lags behind by a few years, but the overall trend in recent years is encouraging. Still, there are countless risks that come with being a licensed driver, or even sitting in the passenger's seat.

Exploring The Most Common Types of Field Sobriety Tests (Part 2)

In the last post, we discussed some of the most common types of field sobriety tests law enforcement officers administer to those they pull over for suspected DUI law violations. However, you can never be sure which tests an officer is going to use, which is why it's always best to be prepared and have a basic understanding of the most common types. Here's part two of our guide that will explore some more of the most common variations of field sobriety tests.

Exploring The Most Common Types of Field Sobriety Tests (Part 1)

Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. That's just one reason law enforcement officers nationwide are continuing to crack down on drunk driving arrests. Getting arrested for DUI is an extremely serious matter, and unless you fully understand the process, you'll likely end up paying serious damages in more ways than one

Exploring the Top 2 Causes of Distracted Driving

About 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured. Auto accidents occur for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest culprits of accidents in generally is distracted driving. In fact, engaging in visual-manual tasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

Don't Let Your Teen Make These Rookie Driving Mistakes (Part 2)

In the last post, we discussed one of the biggest, if not the biggest, mistake for teenage drivers to avoid at all costs: distracted driving. As we mentioned in the last post, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, and distracted driving continues to be a major threat to teenage drivers' safety. However, there are several other mistakes you should teach your teen to avoid during their driving education and beyond. Here's part two of our guide that will address some more common driving mistakes that teenagers and other beginners should avoid at all costs.

Don't Let Your Teen Make These Rookie Driving Mistakes (Part 1)

About 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured. And while not all crashes can be avoided, learning the basic rules of the road as early as possible is the key to being a safe and responsible driver. Of course, it's also not uncommon for teenagers and those without much driving experience to get overconfident in their abilities and put their safety at risk.

Fact Check: Do More People Die in Car Accidents on 4/20?

In recent years the number of fatal car accidents was on a steady trend downwards. In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 32,675 fatal car accidents, a decline of 0.7% since 2013. Unfortunately, in 2016 (the last year data was available), fatal car accidents rose almost 6% to 37,461, the highest rate seen in the United States since 2008.

Debunking Common Myths About Distracted Driving

Many people assume that drunk drivers are one of the biggest threats to their vehicular safety when on the road. And while it's true that a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes, there's another major threat to drivers' safety as well, and its rates are still growing -- distracted driving. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, and understanding the truth behind distracted driving and its negative implications is the key to avoiding the habit and staying safe on the road. Here are just a few common myths you'll hear about distracted driving.

3 Steps To Handling A DUI Charge

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you will likely need legal representation. Generally, when the district attorney's office gets a case where the defendant is accused drunk driving, they will proceed with criminal charges. Depending on your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels at the scene of the arrest, the charges brought could be moderate to severe. Either way, there are a few necessary steps for you to take in order to give yourself the best possible outcome.

Guide To Supporting A Friend After A DUI Conviction: Part 2

In the last post, we discussed some basic strategies to keep in mind to help a friend cope with their criminal charges or DUI conviction. However, taking the time to look for deeper-seated issues can often help prevent the issue from occurring again. Here's part two of our guide to helping your friend through a DUI conviction.

Guide To Supporting A Friend After A DUI Conviction: Part 1

It's no secret that driving under the influence continues to be a major crisis in America. In fact, each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested. If a friend of yours recently received criminal charges or was convicted of DUI, there are many steps you can take to help them through the aftermath and assist them with recovery. Here's part one of our guide to supporting a friend after a recent DUI conviction.

Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Jeremy Lane Arrested On Suspicion of DUI

Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested. In fact, an average drunk driver has driven drunk a full 80 times before his or her first arrest. Recently, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in Washington.

Smartphone Apps That Provide Free Legal Advice (Part 2)

In the last post, we discussed some helpful smartphone apps designed to provide legal advice. And while meeting with a human lawyer to hear about your criminal defense options is always ideal and more effective, there are several more apps that are worth mentioning in order to give you a full idea of the legal knowledge you can have right at your fingertips. Here are just a few more smartphone apps that can provide legal insight on demand.

Smartphone Apps That Provide Free Legal Advice (Part 1)

There are about 1,315,561 lawyers in the United States, and employment of lawyers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Still, some people are foregoing the chance for professional legal advice in order to use free smartphone apps intended to provide some legal clarity.

3 Reasons to Hire an Oregon DUII Defense Attorney

With the number of vehicles currently on the road in America, accidents will happen. In fact, car accidents with injuries involving alcohol happen every two seconds. It's a somber topic that often leaves all parties involved terribly injured; however, many of these accidents swiftly become a confusing legal case.

Holiday Party Dos And Don'ts To Keep In Mind

About 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured. The holiday season often comes with an increase in social gatherings, which often include the consumption of alcohol. While there's no arguing that it's a driver's duty to stay responsible and drive sober, there are several steps that you can take as a host that help ensure the safety of all of your guests. If you want to host a fun and safe holiday party this season, here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind.

A Guide To Preventing Drunk Driving During The Holidays (Part 2)

In the last post, we discussed some surprising facts about the risks associated with drunk driving during the holidays. However, knowing the proven prevention methods is the true key to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday season. Here's part two of our guide to preventing drunk driving during the holidays.

A Guide To Preventing Drunk Driving During The Holidays (Part 1)

Many people think of the holiday season as a time to spend with family and indulge in some alcoholic beverages. While it's certainly okay to indulge every now and again, staying safe during the holidays should be your main priority. Here's part one of our guide on staying safe and preventing drunk driving during the holiday season.

Answering Common Questions About DUI Traffic Stops: Part 2

In the last post, we answered some of the most common questions about DUI traffic stops. However, having an understanding of the entire process is the best way to equip yourself with sufficient knowledge to know your rights. Here are some more answers to common questions about the DUI traffic stop process.

3 Ways Getting A DUI Can Affect Your College Career

It's no secret that getting charged with a DUI can have significant negative implications on your future. However, many people are unaware that the consequences that come with getting a DUI can be much more severe for those who are currently attending college. Here are just a few ways getting a DUI can affect the future of a college student.

Answering Common Questions About DUI Traffic Stops: Part 1

It's no secret that getting charged with DUI can have significantly negative implications on a person's immediate and indefinite future. However, understanding how a DUI traffic stop is conducted is the best way to equip yourself with the knowledge to defend yourself in the event that any charges are filed. Here are some answers to common questions regarding DUI traffic stops.

Answering Common Questions Regarding The Use Of Breathalyzers In DUI Cases

When it comes to DUI cases, no two are alike. Many of them, however, do have something in common: the involvement of a breathalyzer. A DUI conviction can cost $20,000 or more, and understanding the technicalities that come with the use of a breathalyzer as a test of blood alcohol content can help you to work with a DUI attorney in Clackamas County to navigate through your DUI case. Here are some answers to common questions regarding the use of a breathalyzer in a DUI case.

4 Immediate Steps To Take After Your Child Is Charged With DUI

If you're like most parents, you want the best and only the best for your children. When they get into any sort of trouble, it's up to parents to provide unfaltering love and support every step of the way. If your child was recently charged with DUI, for example, understanding the process is absolutely critical. Here are a few immediate steps to take if your child is charged with a DUI.

3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being charged with a crime can be an emotionally and socially damaging event. You can find that people you had always counted on shy away from you or that people in the street have already labeled you a criminal in their mind. For many people charged with a crime, the only person they can trust to believe them and advocate for them is their criminal defense lawyer -- but only if they choose their criminal defense lawyer wisely.

Don't Choose A DUII Lawyer Until Asking Questions About These Four Critical Subjects

Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. If you're in need of a DUII attorney, it's important to find one who will work hard to win your case. While word-of-mouth and Internet research are both viable tactics, it's critical to ask the right questions when you narrow down your search and start getting free consultations. Here are four essential subjects to ask about when you're meeting with potential DUII lawyers to represent your case.

What To Expect From a First-Offense DUII Charge in Oregon

Every day, fewer than 4,000 people are arrested for driving intoxicated in the United States. However, Americans drink and drive approximately 300,000 times in a given day. In the state of Oregon, a person who drives under the influence is arrested under the charge of a DUII, or "driving under the influence of intoxicants."

Understanding The Risks Of Going Without A Professional DUII Attorney: Part 2

According to the most recent federal data, 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured. Because of statistics like this, judges, juries, prosecutors, and the media often "throw the book" at DUII suspects. As a result, conviction for drunk driving can lead to expensive fines, jail time, lost careers, and a ruined reputation. In the last post, we discussed some of the risks you take when you choose to go without a private DUII attorney.

Understanding The Risks Of Going Without A Professional DUII Attorney: Part 1

These days, more and more people are testing their limits when it comes to driving after the consumption of alcohol. And even though the Sixth Amendment provides criminal defendants with the right to legal representation, hiring a DUII attorney is always a smart decision. Around the country, public defenders are under incredible strain, with miniscule budgets, huge caseloads, and little time for actually serving their clients.

3 Important Details to Talk About With a Prospective DUI Lawyer

If you have been convicted of a DUI, then it is crucial you hire the appropriate legal representation to ensure your protection in a court of law. But finding a qualified attorney can often seem like an overwhelming job for one person, and some people may not know where to look and how to choose.

The Essential Do's and Don'ts of Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney: Part 2

In our last post, we talked about some basic do's and don'ts to keep in mind when you're on the search for criminal defense lawyers. Even though there are 1,315,561 lawyers in the United States, not all of them are properly equipped with the help find the right criminal defense lawyers for you.

The Essential Do's and Don'ts of Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney: Part 1

If you're the defendant in a criminal case, the best thing you can do for yourself is choose the most reputable criminal defense lawyers possible. And while we all know that the Sixth Amendment provides criminal defendants with the right to legal representation, the right to a speedy trial, and the right to confront witnesses, finding the best possible criminal defense attorney takes a little more expertise than simply reading the Constitution. While you search for the right criminal defense attorneys for you, here are some essential dos and don'ts to keep in mind.

Ohio Judge Sentences Drunk Drivers to Download Uber and Lyft Apps

Drunk driving is a scary epidemic across the nation. Every day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but less than 4,000 are arrested with criminal charges. While the rules and regulations concerning drunk driving, DUI, and DWI differ all across the country, the typical case requires a team of DUI lawyers, a trial, and a punishment that can include anything from a suspended driver's license, a hefty fine, and possibly jail time.

4 DO's and DON'TS of DUI Cases

It's no secret that navigating through a complicated and overwhelming DUI case can be difficult without the help and guidance of an experienced and professional DUI lawyer. But a DUI conviction can cost $20,000 or more, and the best way to get what you deserve is to know the ins and outs of DUI laws and cases. Here are some basic DOs and DON'Ts of DUI cases.

Debunking 3 Huge Myths Surrounding Criminal Cases

The fact that there are so many misconceptions about criminal cases just clouds the decision-making process even more. To clear things up, here are some common myths about criminal law you should know.

What Defendants Should Expect From a Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a crime is life changing, but being charged with a crime doesn't make you a criminal. Whatever the circumstances behind the arrest, you will need a plan moving forward. Usually, that involves hiring a criminal defense attorney to help prepare a legal defense strategy.

3 Critical Mistakes to Avoid When Charged With DUI

It's no secret that getting charged with a DUI is complicated, overwhelming, and downright scary. That being said, it's an extremely serious event that should never be taken lightly. In the chaos of the moment, you may not know what to do when you are charged with DUI, but there are some critical mistakes you should avoid. Here are just a few of them.

Debunking 3 Common Myths About the Expungement Process

When it comes to legal matters, many types of criminal charges will permanently remain on your legal record. However, there are ways to get certain cases removed in a process called expungement. Expungement laws are different according to state, but there are a lot of misconceptions about the practice. Here are just a few common myths about the expungement process.

Addressing Common Myths About DUI and DUI Attorneys

Going through any tedious legal procedure is never fun, but it can be especially stressful when it comes to dealing with a DUI. Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. If you were recently charged with DUI, here are some common myths about DUI attorneys and what to do when you are charged with DUI.

What You Should Do If Pulled Over For a DUI

A good DUI lawyer can hopefully help minimize DUI penalties and in some cases, they may be able to work your criminal charge down to a misdemeanor. At best, they can net you less jail time and a lower fine.

A Quick Guide to Expungement in Oregon

Even after a criminal punishment has been completed, your record will follow you. That's why many people turn to criminal defense attorneys in order to expunge their records. If you've faced criminal charges in the past, it's possible to essentially have them erased from your record.

Commit a Crime in Oregon? Here's What to Expect

While the Sixth Amendment provides all defendants with the right to a criminal defense attorney, a fair and speedy trial, as well as the right to confront witnesses, when it comes to the state, there are some criminal law proceedings that may vary. In Oregon there are a number of laws that differ from other states.

Avoid a DUI This New Year's Eve: 3 Tips For Planning Ahead

The unfortunate reality is that a person is injured every two minutes as a result of a drunk driving crash. On holidays like New Year's Eve, the likelihood of encountering a drunk driver -- or needing a DUI lawyer -- is even higher than usual.

FAQ: How Are Oregon DUII Laws Different from DUI?

In Oregon, DUI law is a bit different than in other states. In fact, the term we use is DUII, or driving under the influence of intoxicants.

How Criminal Law Proceedings Are Handled in the State of Oregon

Facing criminal charges in Oregon is different than in other states. While you are obviously still advised to seek the help of a criminal attorney, you can expect both the laws and handling of your case to be slightly different than you may be used to.