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It happened for a reason
At our law firm we focus on our clients being successful and winning. You were arrested and found our law firm for a reason. Most people get arrested for DUI when they're undergoing a lot of stress in life. Usually people get a DUI when they're having problems with domestic relationships, difficulties with employment, or problems with their health. Sometimes, it is not their health that they are worried about, but the health of a loved one or even the loss of someone dear.
Consider the situation that you are in to be the "shock" that you needed to push your life into a new direction that will stimulate you to be more successful and happy. We have been helping clients charged with DUI and related offenses for over 15 years. We know what we are talking about. We have helped hundreds of people who came into our office at an extremely low point in their lives, only to turn things around and to become proud of themselves and very happy with their lives. Many of our clients have gone on to become surprisingly successful professionally and to help others; as teachers, doctors, nurses, counselors and even entertainers. We are proud of these clients of ours.
We will help you deal with the Department of Motor Vehicles to get your driving privileges and driver license returned. This can happen quickly by winning the DMV hearing. Otherwise, it is usually possible to get a hardship permit to allow you to drive, while you are waiting to get your full driving privileges reinstated.
We will help you with court and by negotiating with the prosecutor's on your behalf and in your interests. Generally, the goal of court is to get you out of trouble, as much as possible, and to allow you to move forward in a positive direction in life. We always want to avoid allowing our clients to be convicted. In Oregon, driving while under the influence of intoxicants convictions cannot be expunged or erased from a person's criminal record. This is one of the reasons why it is so important that you choose a lawyer who cares about you as a person.
What to do NOW.
STEP 1: Breathe
After being arrested for drunk driving, you are most likely in shock about how quickly your life has been turned upside-down. Take a deep breath; others in your situation have survived with their lives, families and careers still intact. This is a scary and dangerous time, but you will be okay if you take care of yourself and get the expert professional help you deserve. Relax and breathe, you will be alright. There is hope for you and for a second chance.
STEP 2: Find an expert DUI attorney
There are only a handful of expert DUI attorneys in the Portland area, attorneys who truly specialize in defending driving while under the influence of intoxicants cases. At Herron Law, DUI defense is what we do every day. Our lawyers are frequently asked for advice in court about how to handle DUI related issues by other lawyers. This makes us feel good about our reputations.
Be advised: all Oregon courts treat driving while under the influence of intoxicants cases as very serious matters. Why? Because judges believe that drunk and impaired drivers are responsible for causing more serious injuries than any other kind of crime. As well, there are many politically active organizations, such as MADD, which strongly lobby against any judge who is not strict in punishing DUI drivers. Therefore, no one will get a “slap on the wrist” from any judge in Oregon, for a DUI. Not even when if he or she has an excellent driving record or if he or she were “Mother Teresa.”
STEP 3: Follow Your Attorney’s Advice and Guidance
Once you hire an expert DUI defense attorney by following the above steps, most of your job is finished. Be honest with your lawyer. Tell him or her everything that you think may be important to your case – the good and the bad – it is easier for a lawyer to know what facts to expect, even if they are bad facts. Answer your attorney’s questions fully.
Listen to your attorney’s advice. This may be your first DUI, but an experienced DUI defense lawyer will have worked through hundreds and hundreds of DUI cases. Let your attorney help you by following his or her guidance.
Call us for immediate help at 503-699-6496 (during business hours) or
503-367-0829 (after hours).