Oregon recently changed their laws to make driving under the influence a more serious crime. Now, the second conviction for DUI within ten years will be considered a felony (completion of a diversion program does not count as a conviction). Because felony convictions have severe consequences, a person should contact a Portland DUI Lawyer right away. Even if it just your first offense, an attorney can help prevent these convictions that will eventually lead to a felony.
Some people may think that it may be too difficult to challenge a DUI charge in Oregon, that the evidence against them is too strong to fight. These people simply go in and plead guilty without ever examining their options. In reality, a Portland DUI Lawyer may be able to find holes in the prosecution’s case which can get charges reduced or thrown out altogether. Some problems with the case might include:
- Improper calibration or maintenance of testing equipment
- Improper stop and search from the police officer
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, one of these defenses may be applicable to your case. For instance, if it can be shown that a breathalyzer has not been calibrated in months, it could lead to reasonable doubt about the accuracy of the equipment. If this evidence is excluded, the prosecution’s case may fall apart. A lawyer will know how to find these maintenance records to determine if this defense is feasible.
Before pleading guilty and accepting a DUI conviction, contact a Portland DUI Lawyer. By keeping this conviction off your record, you can avoid the serious felony that subsequent convictions bring. At Kroll & Johnson, our experienced team of aggressive trial attorneys will fight for your rights. We will find any defenses available to you under the law and force the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. For a free consultation, call us today.