Hiring a DUI Lawyer in Gresham, Oregon

Gresham, Oregon is a city located immediately east of downtown Portland, in Multnomah County. The fourth largest city in Oregon as of 2010, Gresham has quite the history, bearing the name of American Civil War general and eventual Postmaster General Walter Quinton Gresham. A quieter oasis outside the major hub of Portland, Gresham is now the ideal location for young professionals, growing families, immigrants and life-long Oregonians to reside. The jump from rural, farming community to diverse, urban offshoot is an exciting change for many. But for some people, too much excitement and new experiences can lead to a world of trouble in the form of a DUI.

A DUI (or, Driving Under the Influence) is a criminal offense involving the action of driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. According to the Oregon Metro’s 2012 State of Safety report, driving while under the influence of intoxicants is the number one cause of fatal traffic collisions in the region. The great news for Gresham is that, in this report, East Multnomah county had the least number of fatal crashes in the Portland Metro area. Regardless, communities and individuals should still be vigilant about safety on the roads. But what happens if you are the person who makes such a serious mistake? Your first step is always to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer specializing in DUI cases.

When you are looking for an attorney for your DUI case, you’ll want someone with experience in navigating this specific type of crime. A Portland DUI lawyer will have knowledge of how the court system works, and of the plea deals and bargains that come with this type of case. If this is your second or third DUI, you will definitely want to seek legal representation. As far as finding the best lawyer for your needs, well, that will take some shopping around on your part. Do your research, meet with lawyers in your area for a (usually free) consultation, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about fees and costs associated with having that person representing you in court.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUII in Gresham, or elsewhere in the state of Oregon, contact Portland DUI/DUII lawyer Andy Green at 1-503-477-5040.

What is a Unitary Assessment Fee for an Oregon DUII Charge?

While most drivers are concerned with the $1000 fine and the suspension of a drivers license it is important to remember there are other costs when it comes to a Portland, Oregon DUII. The unitary assessment fee is $95 and must be paid by anyone that is charged with a DUII in the state of Oregon. Other fees could include a $40 assessment fee, a $130 fee for an intoxicated driver program, a county assessment fee of $59 and a $90 diagnostic fee. Depending on which county you receive the DUII ticket you could have other fees to pay as well.

No matter how many times you have been charged and convicted with a DUII in the state of Oregon you are going to have to pay the $95 unitary assessment fee. If you are concerned about the loss of your license, the fees and possible jail time for a DUII in Oregon please contact me at 1-503-477-5040. I offer free consultation and will be willing to visit you while you are in jail. Having represented hundreds of individuals with a DUII ticket I have the knowledge and experience to help lessen your charge. Finding an experienced Portland DUII Lawyer is as easy as using the contact us form here.

Please note that the fees and costs mentioned above are for those that have been arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence of intoxicants for the first time. The fines increase with each subsequent arrest. The second arrest increases the fine to a minimum of $1500 and the third arrest increases the minimum fine to $2000. Also remember that all DUII convictions must receive a mandatory alcohol evaluation to determine the extent of their alcohol problems.

If you are facing a first time DUII charge you may want to consider the Oregon DUII Diversion program. Completion of the program will result in the dismissal of your DUI charge. If you have any questions related to this particular program please access our resource here: Portland, Oregon DUI Diversion Program.

Finding an Oregon DUI Lawyer in Tigard

Tigard, Oregon is the state’s 12th largest city. It is located in Washington County, which is also home to the state’s largest city, Portland. It is a small town, and is home to many hard-working people who blow off steam at the nearby Washington Square Mall, one of the largest in the country, and at a number of summer festivals and markets that have cropped up in the area over the years. Sometimes, though, these hard-working Oregonians blow off steam in a very different way: by using drugs and alcohol, and making the terrible and sometimes fatal decision to drive while intoxicated.

DUI’s (or DWI’s, or DWII’s as they are known in Oregon) are a criminal offense involving the action of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In most states, that means your BAC (or Blood Alcohol Content) is 0.08% of your bloodstream. According to the Oregon Metro’s 2012 State of Safety report, driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is the number one cause of fatal traffic collisions in the area. Tigard, though the 12th largest city, is in the top five for fatal crashes. That is an all-encompassing statistic (as in, it does not break down which of these fatal crashes are alcohol and drug-related) but individuals in Tigard and all over Oregon should be vigilant about safety on the roads. If you are the one who makes the potentially fatal mistake of driving while intoxicated, your first step is always to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer specializing in DUI cases.

When you are searching for an attorney for your DUI case, you’ll want someone with experience in navigating this specific type of crime. A Portland DUII lawyer will have knowledge of how the court system works, and of the plea deals and bargains that come with this type of case. If this is your second or third DUI, you will definitely want to seek legal representation. As far as finding the best lawyer for your needs, well, that will take some shopping around on your part. Do research on which lawyers are in your area, meet with them for a (usually free) consultation, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about fees and costs associated with having that person represent you in court.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUII in Tigard, or elsewhere in the state of Oregon, contact Portland DUI/DUII lawyer Andy Green at 1-503-477-5040.

Hiring a DUI Lawyer in Beaverton, Oregon

Beaverton, Oregon is a growing city just seven miles west of downtown Portland, a hip, flourishing area filled with amazing shops, restaurants, bars, and all the fun of a major coastal city in the Pacific Northwest. Beaverton itself has much to offer in the way of fun and entertainment. A quieter oasis outside the major hub of Portland, Beaverton boasts one of the top shopping malls in the country, Washington Square; an unparalleled summer market, the Beaverton Farmers’ Market; and proximity to the beautiful scenery of Oregon and Washington States. But for some people, too much fun and relaxation can lead to a world of trouble in the form of a DUI.

A DUI (or, Driving Under the Influence) is a criminal offense involving the action of driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. According to the Oregon Metro’s 2012 State of Safety report, driving while under the influence of intoxicants is the number one cause of fatal traffic collisions in the region. Beaverton specifically has come under attack in the last year or so as reports from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission show that, for a four year period, three bars in the area have been cited consistently as the establishments where DUI offenders were over-served before hopping behind the wheel.

Malone’s Ale House was linked to 102 DUII arrests between December 2009 and July 2013. The Peppermill Restaurant & Lounge is connected to 75 DUII arrests during this time, and the West Union Sports Pub & Family Restaurant was linked to 68. Though incredibly problematic for the Beaverton and Washington County areas, these DUII numbers across the Metro area are, overall, on the decline, as are the number of DUII-related deaths.

In 2007, there were 138 deaths in the state of Oregon as a result of a DUII. That number dropped to 56 in 2010 and slightly rose to 87 in 2011. Some people believe that this number could be eradicated altogether if Oregon reinstated DUI checkpoints.

Since 1987 Oregon is one of just 12 states that has banned DUI checkpoints. Those that have moved to Oregon from other states may be shocked to know that DUI checkpoints are not common, or even possible, even on nights such as New Year’s Eve or Memorial Day Weekend. Studies have shown that DUI checkpoints reduce the number of alcohol related crashes by 9% but the state or Oregon does not want to infringe upon the rights of its residents; including those that will be driving vehicles on Oregon highways and roads.

That is not to say there has been opposition to this legislation. Senator Rod Monroe (D) is pushing for the reinstatement of DUI checkpoints in Oregon. In fact, his proposal has been added to Senate Bill 13 and could be on ballots in 2016 during the next voting period. Ultimately, Oregon residents (voters) will get to make the decision if DUI checkpoints are reinstated.

When searching for the best DUI lawyer in the Portland, Oregon area look no further than Mr. Andy Green. He has the knowledge and experience to represent you in the court of law. If you this is your second or third DUI we would strongly suggest seeking legal representation as the fines and penalties are much more severe. Andy Green offers free consultation and can even visit you while in jail. He will work diligently to help you in this difficult time. Do not be afraid to ask questions or seek legal consul advice as this could be one of the most important decisions you make in your adult life.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUII in the state of Oregon, contact Portland DUI/DUII lawyer Andy Green at 503-477-5040.

DWI, DUI or DUII Resulting in Injury of Out Of State Drivers

There are many various ways people ending up getting DWIs, DUIs or DUIIs in Portland. Sometimes drivers get stopped for reckless driving, swerving, speeding, driving too slow, or they go through a checkpoint. In other cases an impaired driver may get into an accident and injure someone.

Let’s say an impaired driver rear ended a driver on Interstate 5. The injured party may end up seeking the advice and representation of an attorney of their own, especially if the injuries are serious. Now if this injured driver is not from Oregon, but resides in California, they may hire an attorney who is conveniently located near them. Drivers travel from Sacramento to Portland along Interstate 5 every day. A quick Google search shows us that there is an attorney in Sacramento who specializes in auto accidents, personal injury attorney Ed Smith. He also has a page dedicated to out of state accidents here. As you can see, this is something that unfortunately happens all the time.

Getting sued by a personal injury attorney is not the end of the world assuming you have adequate liability insurance coverage. If you’re not sure what that is please see Wikipedia’s page, liability insurance. If you do not, you should consult with me as soon as possible.

High Risk Insurance in Oregon

If you end up arrested for DWI and another party was injured here or anywhere, be prepared for “high risk insurance”. I may have recommendations for you for high risk insurance companies.

In Oregon, arrests for traffic offenses do remain on your record. But not all arrests result in conviction, which is yet another reason why you need to consult with a DWI attorney. A DWI conviction will remain on your record for a long time, in fact, it remains on your record permanently and may not be expunged. Oregon has some of the toughest DUI laws in the United States. Having a DUI, DUII or DWI on your record results in high risk insurance.

What to do

If you have received a DWI, DUI, or DUII resulting in (or not resulting in) injury to another driver you should get help from a defense attorney who specializes in assisting drivers who have been arrested for driving while intoxicated. I am Portland’s best so feel free to contact me or read my page dedicated to DWI, DUI or DUII defense here.