DUII & DUI Attorney Portland OR
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Need a Portland DUI attorney? That’s more common than you might think. After all, except for traffic offenses (which are really violations and technically not “crimes”), no criminal charge is leveled more equally against every member of society than DUII. According to the FBI, there are a staggering 1.4 million arrests for driving under the influence every year — roughly one for every 165 licensed drivers. And about 14,000 of those arrested annually for drinking and driving live in Oregon.
Priests and rabbis, doctors and lawyers, career women and soccer moms, rich and poor, young and old — no one is immune. You don’t even have to be driving a car. You can be arrested for PUII (Pedaling Under the Influence), BUII (Boating Under the Influence) and, in rare cases, even SUII (Scooting Under the Influence – in a motorized wheelchair).
Why the extra “I”? Oregon uses the acronym DUII (“driving under the influence of intoxicants”) instead of referring to “drunk driving” or “driving under the influence” (DUI). (For simplicity, we use “DUI” and “DUII” interchangeably on this site.) By adding “intoxicants,” Oregon acknowledges that alcohol isn’t the only thing that can impair someone’s driving; controlled substances such as marijuana and prescription drugs can too. In our state, they are all considered equally serious. Whatever your charge, a DUII lawyer in Portland can help.
"Adam Greenman is an honest, upright, straight shooting, extremely qualified lawyer. He does everything he can to take care of your issues and you can feel 100% assured that he would act professionally and responsibly. He gained valuable experience as a public defender. He will not leave a stone unturned as he works to sort out your case. Even if your case is not worth a large amount of money to him, he will give it the same attention to a case that could potentially allow him to bill significant hours or on a retainer that could prove lucrative to him. He is very easygoing and his demeanor is re-assuring and comforting."
- Phillip Silberberg, MD on Google+
What Does a DUI Attorney Do?
A good Portland DUI attorney knows that even though all Oregon DUII cases have common elements, the details of each individual case will make a difference in the outcome, such as answers to the following questions:
- Did you take or refuse a sobriety test? (Oregon’s implied consent laws mean anyone with a driver’s license can face license suspension for refusing to take a breathalyzer, blood, or urine test.)
- Did you say anything, or did you invoke your right to remain silent?
- Did police adhere to the required protocols, or did they skip a few inconvenient steps?
Your DUI lawyer will carefully consider and investigate these things when building your case. At Adam Greenman Law, we evaluate whether the state has adequate evidence against you that will hold up in court. We will also discuss your possible choices going forward, help you prepare for your first court date, and more. Your case will vary depending on factors like whether it is your first DUII offense, whether you are underage, and whether an underage passenger was with you.
A Portland DUI lawyer can advise you on your optionseven before you take a breathalyzer test. If you have already received a notice from a police officer that he or she intends to suspend your driver’s license, we can help you arrange for a DMV hearing to contest the suspension. A DUII lawyer in Portland will know all of the detailed aspects of the law that you are likely unacquainted with (for instance, it is not possible to “plea bargain” a DUII down to a lesser charge in Oregon like it is in other states). But act quickly – the first 10 days following your arrest are crucial for certain appeals.
Common DUI Questions
Being arrested for a DUI/DUII in Oregon raises many questions. As an experienced DUI lawyer, I’ve put together more information for you on the following topics. Check them out and feel free to get in touch with me if you have more questions.
- Oregon DUII FAQ
Wondering what an arraignment is, and if you have to go to trial? Did someone mention the Oregon Diversion Program and that it could reduce your sentence? Here are the answers you’re looking for. I’ll walk you through the entire process so you know what to expect each step of the way. Learn more.
- Oregon License Suspensions
Will you lose your driver’s license, and when will you get it back? What is the difference between your license being suspended and revoked? Here is an explanation of what to expect, based on whether it was your first or repeat offense, if anyone was injured, and so forth. Learn more.
- Oregon Ignition Lock Information
If you enter Oregon’s Diversion Program, you will have to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) put on your car for roughly nine months. It is essentially a breathalyzer that won’t allow your car to start if your blood alcohol level is above a certain point. Here is information on how it works, how certain foods affect its accuracy, and how much it costs. Learn more.
Why Hire a DUI Lawyer in Portland, OR?
After being arrested for driving under the influence, you’ll need a DUII lawyer under any circumstances. But just like with the criminal charge, it’s the details that can make all the difference in the outcome. When you choose a DUII lawyer, choose the one who’s experienced, who cares about his clients, and who will spend the time examining the smallest details that can mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.