DUII / DWI Defense Attorneys in Medford, OR
Skilled DUII/DUI Defense Attorneys in Medford, Oregon
Whether you are facing a first-time DUII charge, have one or more prior misdemeanor drunk-driving convictions, or have been charged with a DUI resulting in injury, Felony DUI, or Manslaughter, your case deserves to be thoroughly defended through attention to detail, creative critical thinking, and close client collaboration.
Our Jackson County DUI defense lawyers believe our clients deserve access to quality legal representation — no matter where they live or work in Oregon — and strive to provide meticulous, client-focused, legal representation that produces results. Contact us today to learn how we can help you overcome your DWI legal challenges, so you can get your life back.
What Constitutes a DUII/DUI in Oregon?
An Oregon motorist can be convicted of DUII — driving under the influence of intoxicants — for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08%, or while under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, a controlled substance, psilocybin, and/or an inhalant.
Legally, “under the influence” is defined as the person’s physical or mental facilities being adversely affected to a noticeable or perceptible degree.
Am I Going to Lose My Driver’s License After Being Arrested for a DUI in Oregon?
Collins Rowan is a full-service DUI defense law firm dedicated to delivering quality legal representation for clients throughout the state of Oregon.
That begins with focusing on preserving eligible clients’ ability to drive while their case unfolds, by scheduling an Implied Consent Hearing within ten days of their arrest. The purpose of the hearing is for the judge to decide whether our client’s automatic driver’s license suspension is valid.
For most drivers, the suspension will be 90 days and the first 30 days are an absolute suspension, which means no driving for any reason. Most Oregon drivers who are facing their initial DUI charge may be eligible for a hardship permit during the last 60 days of the administrative suspension which will allow for travel to and from work, school, medical appointments, and court appearances or drug/alcohol treatment programs.
We understand that without a license, your livelihood is at stake. We want to help you establish a reliable defense that will allow you to keep some of your driving privileges, and DWI charges private, so you can continue to operate as close to normal as you typically would while we handle the critical details of your case.
What Types of Defense Strategies Apply to Oregon DUI Cases?
When a driver is stopped by law enforcement, the police are required to follow a standardized set of procedures in DUI roadside investigations. That includes following all Oregon laws when administering a breathalyzer during these investigations.
What law enforcement will not tell you is, multiple factors, including medical conditions, interfering substances, and equipment malfunctions can cause breathalyzers to generate inaccurately high readings.
When DUI testing is administered by taking a blood sample, independent laboratories often return varying results, or subject the sample to contamination during the process.
Each of these sample retrieval procedures will be scrutinized by our experienced DUI defense lawyers in Medford, so our clients’ BAC results are being presented to the court fairly.
Likewise, we will review all law enforcement actions from the traffic stop and testing procedures to our client’s arrest, interrogation, and access to an attorney. If we find our client’s rights were violated during any portion of their interaction with law enforcement, we will move for immediate dismissal of all charges.
We understand that no two people are alike, and neither are their DUI charges or how they impact their lives. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to address their specific concerns on a case-by-case basis to provide legal representation that is tailored to our client’ss unique needs.
With experience on both sides of the courtroom, our DWI defense lawyers in Medford, Oregon are prepared to provide intelligent and precise legal solutions for all.
Contact Our Skilled DUI Defense Attorneys in Medford, Oregon for Help Today
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Oregon, you do not have to face these complicated charges alone. Contact our skilled DWI defense attorneys in Medford, Oregon at Collins Rowan today by phone at 541.773.3606 or email to discuss your case and ensure your rights are protected from the start.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our DUI Defense Lawyers in Medford, Oregon
How Long Will My License Be Suspended If I Am Convicted of a DUII in Oregon?
Everyone convicted of an Oregon DUII faces a license suspension.
The suspension periods vary, based on the number of offenses:
- First Offense: One year.
- Second Offense: Three years.
- Third Offense: Permanently, with the potential to petition the court to restore driving privileges after ten years.
An offender might be able to obtain a “hardship permit” for driving to and from work, school, medical appointments, and court proceedings or drug/alcohol treatment during at least a portion of the suspension.
What are the Penalties for an Oregon DUI Conviction?
There are mandatory minimum jail sentences and fines for DUII convictions in Oregon, which is why it is important to partner with a skilled defense attorney from the start of your case.
The penalties increase depending on the number of prior convictions the offender has and how close in time the convictions occurred, and include:
- First Offense: 48 hours (or 80 of hours community service) to one year of jail time, and fines of $1,000 ($2,000 if BAC is .15% or more) to $6,250.
- Second Offense: 48 hours (or 80 hours of community service) to one year of jail time, and fines of $1,500 ($2,000 if BAC is .15% or more) to $6,250.
- Third Offense: 90 days (if convicted of DUII at least 2 times in the past 10 years) to five years of jail time, and fines of $2,000 (if the person is not sentenced to a term of imprisonment) to $125,000 (if convicted of a class C felony).
If your Oregon DUI charge involved injuries or fatalities, the penalties will increase exorbitantly. Our experienced DUI defense lawyers in Medford will outline your charges and provide a complete assessment of the penalties involved, so we can pursue the best outcome for your unique legal circumstances.
Can I Accept a Plea Bargain During My Oregon DUI Case?
Oregon law prohibits plea bargaining in DUII cases. However, it is possible that a DUII charge could be dismissed at the discretion of the prosecutor or result in certain DUII offenders entering a diversion program.
If neither option applies, most people facing a DUII in Oregon must either plead guilty or go to trial. Our skilled Oregon DUII attorneys are ready to fight for you, so together we can pursue the best outcome for your case.
- Providing counsel to individuals under criminal investigation including counsel on the advisability of participating in standardized field sobriety tests and the “breath test”
- Attending all court appearances
- Attending all administrative proceedings relating to the suspension or revocation of an individuals’ driving privileges
- Drafting, filing, and arguing pre-trial motions with the court
- Negotiating plea arrangements with the state district attorneys
- Trial advocacy
Collins Rowan, LLP
219 S. Holly St.
Medford, OR 97501