Consequences of DUI Conviction
Anyone arrested for DUII in Portland — which stands for driving under the influence of intoxicants — faces numerous significant penalties. A substantial fine and driver’s license suspension are only the most immediate and direct consequences of a DUII conviction. Your longer-term concerns may involve the impact of a criminal record on employment and the burden of much higher car insurance costs for years to come.
Do you want to fully understand all that you have on the line because of a DUI arrest? Do you want sound legal counsel and protection for a minor child charged with DUII? Contact a skilled, experienced metro Portland DUI attorney at our firm today.
Consider All Penalties as You Make Critical Decisions for Your Future
The exact consequences you are facing will depend on many factors in your case. It is important to recognize that you must deal with both a criminal case and DMV administrative action on your driver’s license. If this is your first arrest for an alcohol-related driving offense, a DUII conviction can carry consequences including:
- A fine of at least $1,000, substantially more if your blood alcohol content measured above .15 percent, and as great as $10,000 if you are convicted of DUI with a minor in your vehicle
- Driver’s license suspension for at least 90 days, and potentially one year or longer
- Two days to one year in jail, and potentially a community service requirement up to 80 hours
These basic penalties do not capture the full impact conviction will have on your life. When evaluating whether to hire a Portland DUI defense lawyer and how to choose your defense counsel if you do, you should do so with full awareness of other issues such as the costs associated with a required ignition interlock device. You should certainly consider whether DUI conviction could cost you your job or a future opportunity — or how your
If you have a prior offense on your record, or multiple such offenses, consequences of conviction will be dramatically more severe — possibly including substantial prison time and long-term or permanent loss of your driver’s license.
Work With a DUI Attorney Who Will Evaluate All Legal Options
At Helzer & Cromar, you can consult a lawyer who will take your case seriously and explore all possible lines of defense. Should you ultimately decide to plead guilty, we will negotiate assertively for the least damaging outcome based on your personal needs.