Tualatin DUI Attorney
Serving clients throughout Washington, Multnomah & Clackamas County including Tualatin, Canby, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton & Clackamas - Call (503) 454-6610.
Being pulled over and arrested or charged with a DUII can be very intimidating. What might seem hopeless in the event that you are charged doesn't have to end your social life, or driving privileges. Also just because you received a DUI doesn't mean that you're a bad person.
What happens now?
You've just been arrested for suspicious of driving under the influence in Tualatin, Oregon. You're handcuffed, sitting in the back of a Tualatin Police vehicle and have no idea what is coming next. If this scenario describes you, you are probably going out of your mind with fear and worry. And, you should be. Oregon is one of the toughest states when it comes to DUI prosecution and punishment. Without adequate legal protection, you may be facing a myriad of penalties from stiff financial penalties to jail time. The good news is that Tualitan DUII Attorney Rhett Bernstein has your back. He brings experienced, competent legal representation to those arrested for, or charged with DUII in Oregon.
Here are a few things that you need to know about DUI arrests in Tualatin, Oregon:
First, not everyone who is cited for DUI in Tualatin is arrested and booked into jail. If you were released with just a citation, don't think that your troubles are over. You will still need to appear in court to answer for your charges.
If you were booked into jail, you will most likely receive a release agreement that offers you instructions for obtaining a court date to answer for your charges. However, if you were booked on felony DUI charges, you may be held until your court date or until you are able to post bond, if your charges are considered a bondable offense.
Regardless of how your DUI situation was handled by authorities, you will have a court date that you are compelled to attend. Otherwise, an arrest warrant will be issued and you will be re-arrested and held until you appear in court. This is why it is in your best interest to find competent legal counsel quickly.
If I get a DUI in Tualatin, which courthouse do I go to?
You will need to read the info on the paperwork that was given to you. Your citation will tell you which courthouse your case will be heard at. In most cases, your case will be heard at the Washington County Circuit Court, which is located at 150 N. 1st Avenue in Hillsboro Oregon. However, this is not always the case. A small portion of Tualitan is located in Clackamas County. You will be responsible for finding out where your case will be heard and when your court date is as well as appearing on the right date on time.
Are there any sentencing options that are unique to Clackamas County?
In most cases, no. Clackamas County does not generally subscribe to a work in lieu arrangement nor do they generally offer 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 Clackamas County have the jurisdiction to hand down penalties based on the judge's own preference, DUI I 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 drunk driving in Tualatin or anywhere in Clackamas County Oregon, please contact us for a free initial case analysis with Rhett Bernstein, Tualatin DUI Attorney. We will listen to your entire situation including what happened leading up to, during & after your arrest. We will give you our professional advice as to the likelihood of winning in court, and at the DMV hearing.