Oregon classifies driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as one offense -- Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). (It's also commonly referred to as DUI.) If you're convicted of a first DUII offense in Oregon, you will be subject to criminal (jail and fines) and administrative penalties (license suspension). In addition, Oregon utilizes enhanced penalties in certain instances for drivers found with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .15, or drivers who commit a DUI with child present in car (if minor was three years or younger than driver). Note, first-time offenders may be eligible for DUII diversion programs which involve license suspension, monitoring, and ignition interlocks. For purposes of diversion, a first-time offense is measured over the preceding 15 years.
- First offense DUI in Oregon results in administrative license suspension of at least ninety (90) days up to one (1) year
- Refusals to submit under implied consent laws carry automatic license suspension of one (1) year
- In any first offense case, reinstatement of license likely requires attendance at alcohol/substance abuse awareness program, attendance at victim impact panel, and use of ignition interlock device for one (1) year following reinstatement
- First offense convictions of DUI in Oregon carry minimum incarceration of two (2) days with maximum incarceration of not more than one (1) year
- Offenders may also be required to complete up to eighty (80) hours of community service
- Fines vary, with offenders possessing BAC range of above .08 to below .15 incurring fines of at least $1,000, with fines doubled if BAC above .15. Additional fines include numerous DUI fines, fees, and surcharges of $300 at least, which do not cover expenses accrued during completion of sentence or in reinstatement process
- First offense DUI with minor in vehicle results in fines up to $10,000 in addition to any previously discussed penalties
- Convictions will influence charging and sentencing of future or subsequent DUI arrests for a period of ten (10) years
Getting Legal Help
The state of Oregon expressly prohibits pleading down DUI charges into lesser offenses. However, in any given case, pending the case-specific circumstances, a defendant may be able to negotiate more favorable terms or outright dismissal. For more information, consult with an Oregon DUI lawyer today.