DUII, Diversion, And DMV Hearings
Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is a serious criminal charge in Oregon. Typically, you could face mandatory driver’s license suspension or other consequences. Without a license, your ability to get to school and work or to seek medical help can be jeopardized. My goal is to minimize your DUII consequences, including a license suspension and a criminal record.
At the law office of Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., I provide aggressive and thorough drunk driving defense strategies. I have handled cases for first offenses, as well as multiple offenses. As a dedicated criminal defense lawyer, I follow a simple philosophy: I hold myself to a high set of standards and strive to live up to your expectations. I seek to get every case dismissed, but I also understand that is not always possible. I do my best to minimize clients’ consequences and pursue justice through aggressive, effective litigation and trial strategies.
Contact me today to schedule a confidential consultation.
Vigorously Protecting You From The Legal Consequences Of DUII Charges
I have nearly 20 years of experience as a Portland DUI defense lawyer. As a former public defender, I have and still do aggressively fight to protect the rights of individuals facing serious criminal charges. I understand the complex legal system inside out, and I never back down from the prosecution. I provide experienced representation tailored to clients’ needs and have an excellent track record of success. Long story short: I believe in you, I fight for you, and I am dedicated to getting results.
The consequences of DUII charges are severe. Under Oregon law, you could face:
- A minimum fine of $1,000 for your first conviction
- Court fees
- A mandatory jail term
- A drug screening and treatment program
Your sentencing is dependent on several factors, including:
- Your prior criminal record, if any
- If you injured or killed anyone in the scope of your charges
- Whether you had a child in the car
Thoroughly Explaining All Of Your Options, Including Diversion Programs
Diversion programs provide an opportunity for first-time offenders, under specific conditions, to get their DUII charges dismissed. If you qualify under the statute, you would enter a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program in lieu of jail. When you have completed all stages of your court-ordered diversion program, your charges would be dismissed.
Failure to complete your diversion program carries significant consequences. My legal team will discuss the different sections of your diversion program so that you are aware of your obligations. I purposefully strive to provide informed guidance to enable you to make appropriate decisions. If you find yourself facing a violation of your diversion program, I can evaluate the facts to determine the next steps.
Requesting DMV Hearings Immediately
Under the law, you must request a DMV hearing promptly to protect your driving privileges. You only have 10 days from the date of your charge to request a hearing. I can attend DMV hearings on behalf of my clients for two purposes:
- To try to keep your license from being suspended
- To gain important information through the discovery process
DMV hearings provide a lawyer with the opportunity to question the police officer under oath about the facts and circumstances of an arrest. Since the hearing occurs shortly after the arrest, the officer’s memory should be clear. The testimony provided in discovery can be used later at trial.
Allow My Firm To Pursue Justice For You
I urge you to hire a qualified Portland attorney to help protect your rights or your loved one’s rights if charged with DUII. I am available at 503-227-5200 or toll free at 503-227-5200. You may also contact my firm by email.
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