What’s the Difference between a DUI and a DUII in Oregon?
DUI is often the acronym for driving under the influence, but in the state of Oregon, it is referred to as Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and includes those who are driving while impaired by alcohol, controlled substances, or both.
It is illegal to drive while impaired or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher in the state of Oregon. To determine this, the arresting officer may have administered a breathalyzer test at the scene of the arrest.
In Oregon there is currently no way to measure or determine the level of drugs in an individual driver which leaves the determination of intoxication to the observation of the police officer. If the arresting officer suspected that the driver was driving while on drugs, he may have requested and obtained an urine sample or a blood draw. This is why an attorney with experience in handling cases of Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants is so vital.
Do I need a DUII Attorney if this is my FIRST DUII arrest?
Just because you are charged with a DUI does not mean you are guilty of a DUI. As your DUI Lawyer, I will do an independent investigation into the events surrounding your arrest, including:
- The circumstances surrounding your stop or arrest, whether any Constitutional rights were violated
- The Probable Cause of the Arresting Police Officer
- Evaluating Breathalyzer and Field Sobriety Tests
- The evidence submitted by the prosecution
- Whether the charges can be proven without a reasonable doubt