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.