Salem, Oregon Lawyers Defending Individuals Charged With DUII
With an established reputation in criminal courts throughout Willamette Valley, the Salem, Oregon law firm Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC provides exceptional defense representation to clients facing DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) charges. A DUII arrest often involves serious consequences, such as jail time, probation, fines, and loss of driving privileges, and without effective legal counsel, DUII defendants may face even greater penalties. For more information about drunk driving charges, please visit partner Gig Wyatt's DUII website; defending clients against drunk driving charges is Mr. Wyatt's area of expertise.
DUII Arrest - Oregon's DUII Laws
In Oregon, a person can be charged and convicted of DUII based on either of two theories:
- driving with a .08 or greater BAC (blood alcohol content); or driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Driving under the influence of intoxicants is either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class C felony.
- Misdemeanor DUII is punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine of $6,250.
- Felony DUII is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $125,000.
With effective representation, it is possible to avoid these harsh maximum penalties, receiving instead the minimum penalties available under the law. Our attorneys possess a thorough understanding of Oregon's DUII laws, as well as an arsenal of defense tactics aimed at mitigating charges brought against our clients.
Take Immediate Action to Retain Your Driving Privileges
In addition to the criminal consequences of a DUII conviction, you also face civil penalties, including license suspension immediately following your arrest. Thus, even before your day in court, a DUII charge can negatively impact your life in many ways, making it difficult to travel to work and efficiently meet your daily obligations.
Failure to request a DMV Administrative Hearing within ten days after a DUII arrest will result in an automatic driver's license suspension and preclude your ability to contest the suspension. At Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC, we stress that the first ten days are critical to protecting our clients' rights after a DUII arrest. As our client, you can be sure that we will immediately begin to investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, not wasting any time in building your defense. If a suspension is unavoidable, we can help clients obtain temporary driving permits so that they may continue drive to work.
Our criminal defense attorneys regularly help clients fight charges related to traffic violations. While certain traffic offenses may seem minor, multiple charges can lead to additional penalties. Furthermore, even traffic offenses categorized as infractions can affect your driving privileges and your insurance rates, and some offenses may be charged as misdemeanors or even felonies.
Serious Traffic-Related Crimes
In addition to DUII, we have experience defending clients against a range of other serious traffic-related crimes, including reckless driving, hit and run, fleeing or attempting to evade a police officer, vehicular assault, and driving with a suspended license.
Seek Experienced, Effective Representation with our Salem attorneys
Along with the immediate consequences of a DUII arrest, a conviction can impact your personal and professional life for years to come, affecting your ability to procure employment, promotions, or a professional license. We work tirelessly to defend our clients against DUII charges, allowing them to put this stressful and difficult time behind them as swiftly as possible.
At Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC, your defense will be in capable hands: Gig Wyatt has devoted much of his legal practice to DUII defense, and all of our attorneys and clients benefit from his expertise. Please contact our offices today if you have been charged with drunk driving.