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.