Felony DUI Lawyers
Portland Felony DUII Defense Attorneys
Any charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is a serious matter. Certain charges, however, are very serious. For example, if you have been charged with felony DUII, you potentially face prison time and the revocation of your driver’s license. Given what is at stake, if you have been charged with felony DUII or another felony charge related to driving, you need a lawyer immediately. Located in Portland metro, the law firm of Helzer & Cromar defends people against all kinds of DUII charges, including felony DUII.
The United States defines felonies as a charge that is punishable by death or imprisonment that exceeds 1 year. By that definition alone you know that a felony is not a charge you want to see on your record. Your average DUI is classified as a misdemeanor. There are certain factors, such as a high BAC level or if minors are present in the vehicle, that will bump a DUI charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Under Oregon Law, a third DUI offense within a 10 year period of the offenders first two, regardless of any defining characteristics, is considered a class C felony. Third time felony offenders may face:
- Minimum sentence of 90 days in jail
- Minimum fine of $2,000 (may be as high as $10,000)
- Permanent revocation of driver’s license
- Drug and alcohol treatment program
Even if some of the above consequences seem manageable, do not forget all the outside repercussions of being a convicted felon. There are certain certificates and licenses you may lose which could jeopardize your job. Felonies may revoke your right to vote or run for office. They will certainly shake things up in your family and social life, and may even result in lifelong financial burdens.
To ensure the best possible outcome for your case, it is of utmost importance to have an experienced team on your side. If you or a loved one is dealing with a felony-related DUI or DUII charge, give us a call today. We will guide you through every step of the process and aggressively fight for your rights.
We will explore every possible defense of your charges. For instance, in order for a police officer to stop your vehicle, the officer must have a reasonable suspicion that you were breaking the law. Before you are arrested, the police must have probable cause to do so. After reviewing the evidence, we may find that the police had neither a reasonable suspicion nor probable cause.
Further, in DUII cases, the police must ensure that the Breathalyzer test is conducted correctly. When there are errors in how the test was conducted, this evidence is not reliable. Depending on the facts of your case, it may be possible for us to dismiss the charges or obtain a favorable result in trial. In other situations, the best possible result may be a reduction of the charges. In any event, if you face felony charges, it is important to have experienced legal counsel on your side.