Do I Need To Hire A DUI Lawyer?

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I’ve been asked more than once, “Why do I need to hire a DUI lawyer?” If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants or a DUII/DUI, the very first thing you should do is hire an experienced DUI lawyer. Here are a couple of great reasons why:

Time is shorter than you think

After an arrest in Oregon for DUI, you have some very short timelines that need to be met, especially with DMV and the court’s DUI diversion process.

DMV will suspend your driver’s license almost immediately. You have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative DMV hearing to challenge the license suspension. The information on that deadline and how to request a DMV hearing is buried in fine print on the paperwork you received when you were arrested. Your DUI lawyer will know how to calculate the deadline, what to put in the request (and what not to put in it – hint: the request is not an opportunity to talk about what happened), and where to send it.

If you are eligible for DUI diversion, you have to file the right paperwork, filled out correctly, within 30 days of your first scheduled appearance in court. Your DUI lawyer can evaluate whether you are eligible for diversion and help you decide whether diversion is the right option for you. In addition, your DUI lawyer will prepare the paperwork for you the right way and get it filed in time.

Your DUI lawyer has the experience and knowledge to get you the best outcome

DUI cases are some of the most technically complicated cases there are. Your DUI lawyer knows how to find out if the roadside tests or field sobriety tests (FSTs) were conducted properly, how to know if the breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer was calibrated and within spec, and so forth. If the police officer didn’t follow the steps correctly, then the evidence might need to be suppressed. The DA or prosecuting attorney will usually decline to talk with you directly, and will only discuss your case with your DUI lawyer. So, your DUI lawyer knows how to present the flaws in the state’s case to the DA and negotiate your best deal.

Christopher Eggert at Eggert & Associates is an experienced DUI lawyer

Christopher Eggert has 20 years experience as a DUI lawyer. He has defended hundreds of cases as a DUI defense attorney, including trials and jury trials. Mr. Eggert also has past experience prosecuting DUIs as a deputy district attorney, and spent much of his youth as a cadet with police agencies learning how police officers handle DUI investigations. Eggert & Associates will provide you the service you expect from a DUI lawyer.

Call Christopher Eggert at Eggert & Associates now to discuss your case and to schedule a consultation. (503) 837-6111.

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