Apr 22nd, 2023

Navigating Your First DUI Offense in Oregon: What You Need to Know

Navigating Your First DUI Offense in Oregon: What You Need to Know

 If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Oregon, you may be wondering what to expect and how to proceed. A DUI conviction can have serious consequences, including fines, license suspension, and even jail time. However, with the right information and legal representation, you can navigate the process and protect your rights. At GNS Law Group, we understand the stress and uncertainty that comes with a DUI charge. Our experienced DUI defense attorneys have helped numerous clients throughout Oregon successfully defend against DUI charges. Here’s what you need to know if you are facing your first DUI offense in Oregon. 

What is Considered DUI in Oregon?

 In Oregon, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. This limit applies to drivers aged 21 and older. If you are under 21, any amount of alcohol in your system while driving is considered impaired. Oregon also has a “per se” law, which means that if your BAC is .08% or higher, you can be convicted of DUI without any evidence of impaired driving. However, even if your BAC is lower than .08%, you can still be charged with DUI if you drive erratically or exhibit other signs of impairment. 


What are the Penalties for DUI in Oregon?

The penalties for a first DUI offense in Oregon can vary depending on the circumstances of your case. However, the following are the minimum penalties for a first-time DUI conviction: 

 – A fine of at least $1,000 

– A license suspension of at least one year 

– Completion of a drug and alcohol treatment program 

– Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle 

– Possible jail time, depending on the circumstances 

Keep in mind that these are minimum penalties, and the actual penalties you face may be more severe. For example, if your BAC was .15% or higher, you may face additional fines and a longer license suspension. 


What Happens After a DUI Arrest in Oregon?

After a DUI arrest in Oregon, you will be required to attend an arraignment hearing. At the arraignment, the judge will inform you of the charges against you and ask how you plead. If you plead guilty or are convicted of DUI, you will be required to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program and install an IID on your vehicle. You may also face fines, license suspension, and possible jail time. 


How Can a DUI Defense Attorney Help?

 It is important to have an experienced DUI defense lawyer represent you at this hearing to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the best possible outcome. Attorneys can provide valuable guidance and representation throughout the DUI process. Your lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, negotiate with prosecutors, and build a strong defense on your behalf. At GNS Law Group, our experienced DUI defense attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal process and work to minimize the consequences of a DUI charge. We will investigate the circumstances of your arrest, challenge evidence against you, and pursue every available legal option to defend your rights.  

If you have been charged with DUI in Oregon, it is important to take action as soon as possible. Contact GNS Law Group to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. We will review the details of your case, explain your rights and options, and work tirelessly to defend your interests. 

Contact GNS Law Group for Experienced DUI Defense in Oregon, please call 503-747-7198