Many people believe that DUIs are relatively minor offenses. This is not necessarily the case because even if you have charged with drunk driving for the first time, there are significant and numerous consequences that can negatively affect your life. For instance, consequences for a first offense DUI include mandatory jail time and up to a $10,000 fine under certain circumstances. Time spent in jail, fines, and other penalties increase substantially if the DUI is your second or third offense. It is imperative that you have an experienced Portland DUI lawyer defending you in court to try to avoid some or all of these severe penalties.
Oregon has laws that specifically mandate possible sentences for first, second, and third offense DUIs. According to these laws, consequences of a first offense include:
- Mandatory 48 hours jail time and up to one year
- minimum $1,000 fine, which increases to $2,000 for a blood alcohol level over .15% and to $10,000 if there was a minor in the car
- 1 year driver’s license suspension
- Ignition interlock device for 1 year after license is reinstated
- 80 hours community service
- Participation in various programs such as drug and alcohol treatment, victim impact panels, or DUI diversion
For a second offense, fines increase and your driving privileges may be suspended for 3 years. If you are convicted of a third offense, you will have a Class C felony on your record, you could be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison, and your license will be permanently revoked.
Oregon laws provide serious consequences for people who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The number one way to avoid these consequences is to not drive drunk to begin with. However, if you do find yourself facing DUI charges, you must contact a Portland DUI lawyer who will rigorously defend you. At Kroll & Johnson, we have extensive experience defending DUI cases and are always dedicated to ensuring you receive the best outcome possible to your case. For a free consultation to discuss your drunk driving arrest, contact Kroll & Johnson today.