Beaverton, Oregon DUI Lawyer
Being arrested under the suspicion of driving under the influence can be incredibly overwhelming. Whether this is your first offense or you have been charged with driving under the influence in the past, you do have options. There are diversion programs and opportunities for reduced jail time, depending on the nature of your case.
Oregon is a strict state when it comes to penalties for driving under the influence. Obtaining legal counsel can help you to navigate this difficult situation and help you to avoid unnecessary punishment. Beaverton DUII attorney Rhett Bernstein can offer excellent legal protection to make the process much more straightforward and ensure that you are given the best defense against your charges.
The Criminal Defense law firm of Rhett Bernstein employs former prosecutors, former law enforcement officers, and former forensic experts. Rhett Bernstein defends clients throughout the state of Oregon; including most Portland-area municipal courts, and the following cities in Washington County, Call (503) 454-6610 for a free initial case analysis.
- Bull Mountain
- Forest Grove
- King City
- North Plains
What happens now?
Everything you need to know about your DUI arrest
If you were arrested for driving under the influence in the state of Oregon you were most likely given a citation or booked into jail. Upon release from jail you were given a date to appear in court. If you were booked on a felony DUI charge it is possible that you will be held until your scheduled court appearance.
Where do I go for my court appearance?
If you were arrested in Beaverton for a DUI, you will most likely be ordered to appear at the Washington County Circuit Court in Hillsboro. The courthouse is located at 105 N. 1st Avenue in Hillsboro. Refer to the paperwork given to you upon your release or the original citation to obtain the necessary information about your court appearance. It is your responsibility to be present at the courthouse assigned to hear your case at the specified date and time.
Failure to appear in court will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest and lead to many more complications down the line. For this reason, it is important to obtain legal counsel in an expedient manner after being arrested for driving under the influence. Beaverton DUI lawyer Rhett Bernstein can assist you in making the right decisions for your case and help navigate any legal obstacles.
It is possible that Beaverton DUI lawyer Rhett Bernstein can cancel your first court appearance, limiting the impact of the charge on your job and family. He may also be able to protect your Oregon driver's license, if you contact him within a few days of your arrest. Waiting more than a few days will limit his ability to protect your Oregon drivers license.
Washington County sentencing options
In most cases there are no sentencing options that are unique to Washington County. Washington County does not generally allow community service as part of the penalty phase of a DUI conviction. Most other area counties also do not offer these as options. Oregon is well known as a state that is tough on DUI offenders and will generally adhere to strict penalty options in an effort to deter offenders from recidivism.
It is important to note that while individual counties such as Washington County have the jurisdiction to hand down penalties based on the judge's own preference, DUII in the state of Oregon is a state crime and certain mandatory penalties do apply such as license suspension.
Call (503) 454-6610 for a Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluation
If you were recently arrested for driving drunk in Beaverton or anywhere in Washington County, please contact us for a free initial case analysis with Rhett Bernstein, Beaverton DUI Attorney. We will listen to your entire situation including what happened leading up to, during and after your arrest. We will give you our professional advice as to the likelihood of winning in court, and at the DMV hearing.
Legal Disclaimer: Nothing on this site shall be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact attorney Rhett Bernstein immediately for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation.
Criminal Defense attorney Rhett Bernstein is available to practice criminal law anywhere throughout the state of Oregon, including: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; as well as most municipal courts throughout the Portland Metro area.