I have been handling DUI cases for well over 20 years. As mentioned in a prior article, Eight Things to know about Oregon DUI law & DUI cases, DUI law is a very complex and nuanced area of practice. This underscores the value of an experienced criminal defense DUI attorney who can (1) advise you on the many ways a DUI charge may impact your day-to-day life and (2) help you manage the adverse effects of a DUI charge, both now and in the future.
Here are some additional aspects of Oregon DUI charges that are often relevant to my clients.
- Hardship Permits: These permits allow only transportation to job-related activities, drug-alcohol treatment, and medical appointments. Hardship permits are not available for CDL licenses. One must have SR-22 insurance before a hardship permit will be issued.
- SR-22 Insurance: This special type of motor-vehicle insurance is shorthand for “financial responsibility” insurance required for drivers deemed as especially high risk. An insurance company specially certifies this type of insurance to the DMV, and will notify the DMV if the high-risk driver (SR-22 holder) cancels his or her insurance policy.
- Can I have an attorney appear on my behalf for a court hearing so I don’t have to miss work? Generally, you must receive court permission for an attorney to appear on you behalf or for you to appear by phone. This is one of the potential advantages of retaining an Oregon DUI lawyer.
- Ways in which a DUI can affect your employment: If you have any type of occupational license, then a DUI may well affect your employment. Examples include: medical licenses for nurses and doctors; OLCC permits for bartenders, servers, and managers; commercial truck drivers; maritime professionals; airplane pilots. If you work in any of these fields, consult with an experienced DUI lawyer right as soon as possible for advice on secondary, often unforeseen, effects that a DUI may have on your employment and how to manage any difficulties that might arise.
- Interlock Devices: An interlock device is required for persons in the Oregon DUI diversion program, hardship permit holders, and persons who are reinstating their driver’s license after suspension. Most often, it must be installed for one year. An interlock device costs about $60 per month, though some lower-income individuals may be eligible for a reduced fee. Further, if you suffer from a respiratory medical condition, you may be able to request an exemption from having an interlock device. Lastly, if you drive your employer’s vehicle and it is a company-owned car, you may be exempted from installing a device on that car if you qualify under Oregon DMV regulations.
- Travel and entering Canada: Generally, Canada will not allow you to enter if you have a DUI during the last ten years, but there are some exceptions. For example, if you served no jail time for a DUI and have no other criminal convictions, you may be able to travel into Canada via a temporary residence permit.
Daniel Woram is a highly experienced criminal-defense attorney with well over 20 years of criminal-law defense practice in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. He has demonstrated aggressive and effective results for his clients. Mr. Woram has also served as a pro tem judge, and brings his judicial experience to bear in representing his clients and leading criminal-defense and Oregon DUI cases.
Contact Woram Law today for a completely private and confidential consultation regarding your case or that of a loved one involving a DUI charge.