When you've been arrested for DUII in Portland, Oregon you could be looking at a significant upheaval of your life for the near, or possibly far-reaching future. DUII affects nearly every facet of your life from then on - mobility, legal record, income, family life, and so on. Your ability to deal with all the changes that come from an arrest for DUII greatly depends on what you do directly after this occurrence.
It is most important to note that your chances of preserving your rights and possibly having any mitigating circumstances about your case handled properly are in the balance and your first action should be to contact our law firm Gilroy & Napoli. We are well respected DUII attorneys and we have extensive experience in handing criminal charges/DUI Defense cases for the Portland metro area.
The ability to get the best lawyer you can get on retainer somewhat depends on whether you are released prior to the court date that is initially set for you. If you aren't released from jail you need to use all appropriate methods possible to contact and retain a good DUII lawyer.
Having a lawyer with you in court takes care of many of the details you would not necessarily know how to deal with in your position. You should get a court appearance mandate form that will provide important information about your first court appearance. It is entirely possible that your attorney can stand in place for you in court, but since each case is unique and brings individual aspects that should be reviewed by a lawyer you might be better served making the appearances with your attorney - our law firm can guide you through this process.
What you want to avoid here is any further negative opinion of the court and/or the judge who catches your case. Make all appearances if needed and make sure your employer understands the need to attend court as required so you get the time off of work.
You will get details from your release agreement or other paperwork about your court appearance - where, when, etc. Your attorney will be able to guide you best, but if you need to make the first appearance before you retain a lawyer then get in contact with the Circuit Court for the county in which you were arrested. They should be able to pull your arrest records and provide additional information. When you appear, your best options are to be dressed as appropriate to the situation and be on time (which really means be there early).
The penalties for being convicted of a DUII offense in and around the Portland area can be quite severe. There are some leniencies allowed to the judge in certain circumstances, but it is rare that leniency is shown for DUII offenses. The crack-down on these convictions and punishments, in part, comes from the state which has sentencing guidelines that the court maintains in almost every case. This is where you'll see penalties like losing your driver's license, paying fines, and being able to drive only with an ignition interlock device in your car.
Having a qualified DUII attorney is the best way for you to get any kind of favorable outcome if one is available. From negotiating reasonable settlements to taking cases to trial in Portland & Multnomah County, Gilroy & Napoli offers effective legal counsel for DUI Charges.