Driving under the influence is one of the most common crimes committed across the country. Facing these charges, especially if this is your first time being convicted of a DUII, can be a very stressful process. Knowing the most likely legal outcome for your situation is one of the best ways to be prepared for any upcoming legal proceedings tied to a DUII charge.
What Is a DUII?
Driving under the influence of intoxicants is Oregon’s way of legally defining driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For non-commercial drivers, a blood alcohol (BAC) level of .08% or higher, obvious signs of drug use, or a combination of drinking and drug use can lead to a DUII arrest. For commercial drivers, a BAC of .04% or higher is considered a DUII, and for those under the age of 21, any BAC higher than 0.0% will lead to a DUII charge.
Is a DUII a Misdemeanor or Felony Charge?
Depending on the number of previous DUII convictions, as well as the others involved in your conviction, the escalation of your DUII charge may vary. For example, a first-time offense with no damages to other parties can be argued as a misdemeanor and will most likely remain at this level. However, if the DUII caused an accident with serious injuries or harm to another party, these charges can be prosecuted at the felony level.
Finding the Right Defense Attorney for Your Case
Facing a DUII conviction is exceedingly stressful, especially when facing harrowing penalties like license suspension and steep fines. After being arrested for a DUII, you should immediately get in touch with a lawyer, who can help you contact the DMV to request a hearing to prevent the suspension of your license. At Pedemonte Law, we can help you work through your DUII case, guiding you through the legal process step by step. If you have been convicted of a DUII, do not hesitate in contacting our office for a legal consultation about your case.