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Think Before Drinking And Driving

Football season has arrived, school is back in session and there is often a reason to celebrate. Even as you kick back and relax, it is crucial to remember none of the fun turns into a nightmare.

Using common sense, most people know they shouldn’t drink and drive. There is no magic number of drinks you can have and not have an issue if you are pulled over.

The way alcohol affects a person depends on so many factors including someone’s weight and height, what they previously consumed, in what time span the drink was consumed, if the person has any other drugs in the body and the concentration of the drink.  To be safe, it is important to designate a driver before the evening begins so there is no question that the person driving in not impaired.

If you have children, especially teenagers, it is important to speak with them about the legality of alcohol consumption at their age and the problems they may face if they are charged with under-aged possession of alcohol.

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) is the most common criminal charge in Oregon.  Over 15,000 arrests a year are made. There are two separate simultaneous cases you will have to deal with if you face a DUII. First a criminal case and second a case with the DMV.

The suspension lengths run either 90 days, 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years, depending on the facts of your case and your driving history.  The suspension is all or nothing – it is never shortened or increased.

If you find yourself facing any charges related to alcohol and driving this fall, your first move should be to contact your Portland DUII attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

 

 

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