Skilled DUI Defense Lawyer in Newberg, Oregon
In Oregon, a DUI charge should be taken very seriously. A guilty verdict will almost certainly have a negative impact on your driving privileges, employment opportunities, family relationships, and insurance rates for a long time to come. Jail time and expensive fines can happen even on your first offense.
Most importantly, three DUI convictions in Oregon within 10 years mean an automatic lifetime suspension of your drivers license. The fourth conviction will result in a mandatory prison sentence of not less then 13 months and no more than 5 years with up to a $100,000 fine.
If you are charged with DUI, contact the Law Office of Terry R. Hansen immediately so that we can protect your rights and take action to minimize your penalties. You have the right to remain silent, the right to a pretrial hearing, the right to an attorney.
You must file an official challenge to the Oregon DMV's suspension of your driver's license within 10 days of the date of the citation in order to retain your right to drive legally.
We make sure that your rights are protected-and more, by giving you the personal attention and legal information you need throughout your DUI case.
Things you should know about DUI in Oregon
Under Oregon's "implied consent" law, anyone who operates a motor vehicle in the state is considered to have consented to a DUI chemical test.
Do not say anything incriminating to the officer who stops you and subsequently tests you until you've spoken with an attorney. Do not say anything at all after you are taken into custody until you've consulted a competent lawyer who is familiar with the state's DUI statutes and knows the most effective defense strategies.
You have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing with the DMV to avoid an automatic administrative suspension of your license until your case goes to court. An attorney can help you with the filing, and make you aware of all your other rights and deadlines to avoid adverse consequences.
Helping you with our legal knowledge
We can assist you with every aspect of your case, including the thorough examination of every aspect of your arrest and testing, including the testing equipment, whether you were stopped legally, whether you were informed of your rights, and whether you were processed according to all the proper procedures. We'll check the records with these questions in mind:
Was the arrest made correctly?
Was the evidence properly collected and reviewed?
Were the breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer and other tests, such as blood testing, correctly administered?
Were rights read to the person who was arrested?
In short, we will examine and evaluate any piece of a DUI case that can be challenged or suppressed.
Leveling with you about your DUI
We will discuss the arrest report with you and explain your options clearly. We believe that being completely honest and realistic with you is best. It allows you to make the proper decisions about whether to have us negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor or go to trial.
You deserve a lawyer who can answer all your questions about the details of Oregon's DUI statutes and your specific case, an attorney who is familiar with local court procedures, and one who can alleviate your concerns with personalized, comprehensive DUI defense that includes handling all of these pressing legal matters.
Call us for aggressive DUI defense
We bring the same vigorous, proactive attitude to defending you on a DUI charge that works so well in our other practice areas. Please contact us right away if you face DUI charges in Oregon.