New laws make hiring an expert Oregon DUI attorney more crucial than ever. Passed by a popular vote of the Oregon electorate in November of 2010, Measure 73 alters state criminal code for those found guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicants, or DUII. Under the new state laws, third-offense sentences carry a minimum ninety-day prison sentence regardless of local or county guidelines. Praised by its supporters as an effective strengthening of Oregon DUII law, its critics nevertheless feel the mandatory sentencing will lead to further prison overcrowding at the state government’s expense.
Because many judges follow established guidelines provided by legal commissions, third-offense DUII sentences typically include as much as thirteen months in jail. Opponents of the bill argue that such strict guidelines unnecessarily curb judicial discretion in assessing appropriate sentences.
Additionally, Measure 73 provides that third-offense DUII charges within a ten year period are automatically considered a felony. If convicted under the new guidelines, defendants will be considered felons and subject to restrictions; these include prohibition from owning firearms, holding certain jobs, and obtaining residence in some areas.
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