I've been arrested for DUI in Portland Oregon. What do I do now?

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Romano Law, P.C.

Portland, OR

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DUI and DWI, Divorce

If you've been arrested for DUI in Portland Oregon, and if you're searching the Internet for information on what to do next, here's a brief overview:

  1. Gather all of the paperwork from the DUI arrest or citation-- including but not limited to-- your ticket, the Implied Consent Combined Report, the breath or blood test report, tow receipt and/or impound paperwork, your release agreement, and any receipts from bars, restaurants, or stores that you may have visited on the day/night you were arrested or cited. Do not be alarmed if you didn't receive copies of all these documents, if you don't have many of them, or if some do not apply. The key is to gather whatever you do have so that you can later review it with an attorney.

  2. Contact an attorney, and have an initial consultation as soon as possible. Most attorneys in the Portland-metro area will do consults by phone or video conference, they are confidential, and most attorneys do not charge for the initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with a professional about this.

  3. Have your attorney make a DMV Implied Consent hearing request immediately. If you chose to go it alone and attempt to represent yourself, make the request yourself online. You only have ten-days from the date of arrest to make this request, so it's critically important that you have your attorney make this request or that you do it on your own.

  4. Do not communicate with anyone about the DUI investigation, arrest, or citation except your attorney. This means no in-person conversation, telephone calls, text messages, emails, or chat messages to friends, family members, co -workers, or acquaintances, unless and until your attorney has told you otherwise. Things you say about the case could be used against you-- even out of context-- so don't risk it.

  5. If your car was impounded as part of the DUI arrest, get your car out of impound as soon as possible. The fees associated with car impounds are outrageous, so minimize them by getting your car out of impound as soon as possible (even if you disagree with the arrest or the fees, and plan to take legal action later).

  6. Do not leave the state unless and until you've confirmed with your attorney or the Court that your release agreement allows this.

  7. Do not consume any alcohol. This should be obvious, but if you've been accused of DUI, the District Attorneys Office and the Court will not look favorably upon you if you are consuming alcohol while on release.

  8. Stay calm. Many people fear the worst when they are arrested or cited for DUI, but it's one of the most common misdemeanor charges in Oregon. You've got options, and your life isn't over. After a half-hour call with an attorney, you'll likely have a much better idea of where you stand, and a much better outlook on your situation overall.

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