If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII or DWI) and your license is on the line, you know that you made a bad decision — or at best that you experienced some very bad luck — and this office is not here to shame you or make you feel like a failure. Geoffrey Silver knows that mistakes happen: he will work with you to make sure that you continue to be a safe, respectful, and productive member of society, all while fighting aggressively for your rights and your freedom. He will empower you to take control of your life by providing you with all of the information, support, and aggressive legal defense you need to get past this difficult time in your life. Don’t let your mistake define and take over your life: an experienced and successful criminal defense lawyer can help you keep your freedom and your driver’s license despite your charges.
Timing Is Everything!
Immediately take action! You need to contact an attorney RIGHT AWAY, as you only have 10 days after your drunk driving offense to request a hearing before your license is suspended. This hearing is a great opportunity to hear the police officer’s story, get statements from witnesses while the event is still recent, and start on the investigation. Witnesses’ memories fade quickly, and an independent eye witness to your sobriety can be integral to the outcome of your case. It is also important that you talk to a seasoned criminal defense attorney like Mr. Silver while the incident is fresh in your own mind, bringing out crucial details which can help to prove your innocence. Further, you have only 30 days to enter a diversion program after your arraignment. Whatever you do, please avoid driving with a suspended license, as the penalties for suspended driving can be extremely heavy and can complicate your case.
First Time DUII Offenses
Most first-time drunk driving offenders have little or no history with the criminal justice system, and may not know where to turn. First time offenses in Oregon (if there are no injuries to others) are Class A Misdemeanors, and can carry up to a $6000 fine and/or up to a year of jail time. Oregon’s strict DUII policies mean that you can be convicted without a 0.08% blood alcohol level if the state can prove that you were impaired, in any way, while driving. However, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you to avoid harsh penalties, help keep your record clear, and help you seek out non-jail alternatives such as treatment programs and counseling. These alternatives, which you must plead guilty in order to access, are called Diversion Programs. If you complete a Diversion Program and pay all associated fees within one year, you will not have a conviction on your record at all. Contact Mr. Silver immediately to discuss your case and your options, and remember that this mistake doesn’t have to dictate who you are or who you will become.
Repeat DUII Offenses
If you have two or three DUII offenses, you know that you need to make some changes in your life to avoid endangering yourself and others — but those changes shouldn’t have to include jail or prison time. Mr. Silver knows that the help you need is legal, emotional, and logistical, and will be your dedicated advisor, counselor, bodyguard, and advocate during this difficult process. With expert help, you can minimize your legal penalties, which otherwise might include significant jail time (the minimum for a third or subsequent offense is 90 days in jail, and three DUII convictions within 10 years can carry a 5 year prison sentence) as well as expensive fines and other mandates. Contact an attorney immediately after your DUII offense to learn how to minimize or avoid these penalties and take control over your life. Every choice you make will have an impact on your future; make sure that you are giving your future freedom its best chance by calling this office right away.
Felony and Manslaughter DUII Offenses
If your repeat DUIIs have led to a felony charge, or if extremely unfortunate circumstances have led to a death or serious injury related to your impaired driving, you will need immediate legal help and attention. The nuances of complex DUII and Vehicular Manslaughter cases are the exclusive realm of experienced criminal defense attorneys; you will need the advice, counseling, and aggressive defense of an attorney like Mr. Silver if you intend to minimize your legal and financial consequences. Mr. Silver will lead you through the difficult time ahead: he will ensure that your future is bright and that your rights are protected. You may be scared of what this offense means for you and your family, but Mr. Silver can help you find and seize your best options.