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The stereotype of Oregon DUI is that it involves alcohol, but that is not true, and law enforcement aggressively target other types of DUI's.

In Oregon, there are basically 3 types of DUI's:

Alcohol DUI;
Controlled Substances DUI;
Inhalants DUI.

Alcohol DUI. This is the type of Oregon DUI most people in Oregon are familiar with.

Controlled Substances DUI. Controlled substances DUI cases tend to involve the following common scenarios. First, if you are using prescriptions drugs, even if pursuant to a doctor's orders, you may still be arrested for DUI if you drive while impaired by prescription drugs that are classified as "controlled substances." Many people arrested for prescription drug DUI have no awareness that they may be arrested for DUI, and have never had trouble with the law. Second, if you are using prescription drugs and have become addicted to them because of a significant medical procedure or chronic pain, then you may also be arrested for prescription drug DUI if you drive while impaired by prescription drugs that are classified as "controlled substances." A list of the common prescription drugs can be viewed here:

http://www.ebmud.com/files/8914/3205/7862/common_controlled_alphabetically.pdf. Third, if you drive while impaired by illegal drugs classified as "controlled substances"--including Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroine, Methamphetamine, etc.--then you may be arrested for what is commonly called a "drug DUI."

Common controlled substances DUI's in Oregon include:

Adderall DUI;
Alprazolam DUI;
Ambien DUI;
Ativan DUI;
Buprenorphine DUI;
Clonazepam DUI;
Cocaine DUI;
Darvocet DUI;
Demerol DUI;
Dexedrine DUI;
Dextroamphetamine DUI;
Diazepam DUI;
Dilaudid DUI;
Fentanyl DUI;
Halcion DUI;
Hydrocodone DUI;
Klonopin DUI;
Lorazepam DUI;
Lortab DUI;
Methadone DUI;
Methamphetamine DUI;
Morphine DUI;
Opium DUI;
Oxycodone DUI;
Oxycontin DUI;
Percocet DUI;
Secobarbital DUI;
Valium DUI;
Vicodin DUI;
Xanax DUI.

Inhalants DUI. Inhalant DUI's are fairly rare, but police are trained to look for them. If you drive while impaired by an inhalant--e.g., Nitrous Oxide (also commonly referred to as "Whippets")--then you may be arrested for an inhalant DUI, which will be treated just like any other DUI case.

Increasingly, police and DA's target drivers who they believe are under the influence of more than one intoxicant. An experienced DUI lawyer can help protect your rights, especially in DUI cases where you may have a medical condition or health issues, which confuse law enforcement about what is really happening with you.
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For many young people, college is the first time they have free access to and take advantage of large amounts of alcohol. College fraternity and sorority parties often encourage heavy drinking as part of the college scene.

If you are a college student and are arrested for DUI, then you have a lot to worry about already, including:

A criminal conviction;
Future employment;
Mandatory fines;
Probation;
Treatment.
The list is long.

If you are also in a fraternity or sorority, then you also need to consider how your membership is affected. Here (http://alphasigmaphi.org/code-of-conduct) is an example of a fraternity code of conduct that would be implicated by a DUI.

Membership in your fraternity or sorority may not just be about fun for you. Membership can mean access to important networking contacts, and future career opportunities, as well as connection to a group of people you love and care about. Your DUI lawyer should work with you closely to help you understand how your membership in your fraternity or sorority may be affected by your DUI.
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Can you keep an Oregon DUI off your record? Unfortunately, in Oregon, the legislature has made it difficult for you to keep a DUI arrest and DUI conviction off your record.

The Oregon expungement statute (http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/137.225) does not allow for you to "expunge" or seal your DUI arrest or DUI conviction easily.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, but nothing ever comes of it--that is, you are never charged--then you might be able to have that DUI arrest record sealed.

However, if you are arrested for DUI and have to go to court, then the only way to have the ability to seal your DUI arrest record is to get the DUI dismissed completely, or to take your DUI case to trial in front of a judge or jury and win your DUI case.

How easy is it to get your DUI dismissed? Generally, the DA's office will force you to go to trial and take a hard line, because in Oregon DA's are not allowed law to plea bargain DUI cases.

Should you spend the time, money, and energy to pursue dismissal of your DUI, or take your DUI to trial? An experienced DUI lawyer will review your DUI case, help you weigh the pros and cons, and help you make the best decision.
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Nobody is immune from being investigated for and arrested by police for DUI--even police officers. See this article at kgw.com (http://www.kgw.com/news/crime/off-duty-portland-officer-arrested-for-duii-after-crash/153234934) about an off-duty Portland police officer who crashed a city vehicle, and was on call at the time.

Police officers, and others, who have a professional license face another level of legal challenges when they are arrested for DUI. Many professionals who have a professional license need to find out early on whether their DUI affects their professional license.

The important questions you or a loved one need to ask if you have a professional license and have been arrested for DUI are:

Does an arrest or conviction for DUI matter for my licensing board?
Do I need to self-report my DUI?
When should I self-report my DUI?
How should I self-report my DUI?
What steps can I take to demonstrate to my licensing board that this DUI is not a problem?

Unlike other DUI drivers, those who also have a professional license should work closely with their DUI lawyer, to protect their professional license.
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If you have been arrested for a DUI, you may wonder if you may pursue what is known in Oregon as a "civil compromise" of your case.

Generally speaking, in a criminal case, the side prosecuting or bringing the case is the State of Oregon (usually represented by the local DA's office or city attorney's office), and you as the Defendant are on the other side of the case. Where there is a victim who was harmed--e.g., the owner of a car that was damaged in an accident--you still have to deal with any criminal charges through the criminal process; this is true, even if the victim is completely on board and wants to work with you.

A "civil compromise" is a process where you as the Defendant may be able to work directly work something out with the victim to take care of certain criminal charges outside of the criminal process. In a DUI case, the following charges will not be eligible to be resolved by a civil compromise: DUI and Reckless Driving.

However, certain other charges in the DUI case may be eligible for a civil compromise if the victim is cooperative, including Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Criminal Mischief II, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (i.e., "Hit and Run"). The civil compromise statute may be seen here: http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/135.703.

Always be careful if considering a civil compromise. Generally, you should expect to be prohibited by a no contact order from contacting the victim to discuss a civil compromise; however, your DUI defense attorney will have more flexibility to pursue a civil compromise. As an example, you can see how civil compromises work generally here, this example is from the Beaverton Municipal Court.
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If you have been arrested for DUI, then you have a lot running through your mind. In some situations, news of your arrest may be publicly published, including your first and last names.

For example, you can see a recent Tigard Police Arrest Log here (http://portlandtribune.com/ttt/89-news/307724-184031-tigard-tualatin-police-log-may-10-17-2016), published in The Times, which covers local news for Tigard, Tualatin, and Sherwood.

In this arrest log, the police did not list enough information to specifically disclose the identity of the people arrested, but some police departments do, leading to public relations concerns for certain DUI drivers and others. If you have public relations concerns, you should work with your DUI lawyer to coordinate your DUI defense with a PR professional to protect your reputation.
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If you are a bright, motivated college student who has picked up DUI, then you should be proactive to not only take care of your DUI, but also to plan for and address any potential negative impacts on your college career and future career path.

Every university or college will have a student code of conduct that addresses how a student's criminal case (DUI is considered a crime) may impact their college career.

For example, see Pacific University's code of student conduct here: http://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/offices/student-conduct/student-handbook/student-code-conduct. Pacific University is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, west of Portland.

The Oregon DUI Diversion Firm helps college students who have picked up a DUI take steps to make sure their youthful indiscretion does not prevent them from growing from their experience and moving on with their lives.
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If you have been arrested for DUI in Beaverton, Oregon, then you have a lot to think about. Here are a few things to consider to help empower you:

- If you have been arrested for misdemeanor DUI in Beaverton, chances are your case will be handled in the Beaverton Municipal Court, in downtown Beaverton;
- If you have been arrested for a felony DUI in Beaverton, or are also charged with a felony as part of the same case, chances are your case will be handled in the Washington County Circuit Court, in Hillsboro, Oregon;
- The Beaverton City Attorney's Office will handle a misdemeanor DUI in the Beaverton Municipal Court, while the Washington County District Attorney's Office will handle a felony DUI (or felony case generally) in the Washington County Circuit Court.

Finding out early which courthouse you need to go to and which DA's office is involved will help you plan out your case, and takes steps to meet your family and work obligations. As always, please carefully review your paperwork and consult with a DUI lawyer, before making any decisions about your DUI case.
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The Washington County Sheriff's Office is located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The sheriff's office shares jurisdiction over Beaverton, Oregon, with the Beaverton Police Department. Both police departments investigate and arrest suspected DUI drivers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is known for being very aggressive in its DUI enforcement efforts, see a recent press release here (http://www.co.washington.or.us/News/SONews/upload/PR160428-Washington-County-Receives-Top-DUII-Award.pdf) for more details.

If you or a loved one have been arrested for DUI, then call us at the Oregon DUI Diversion Firm for help, we focus on helping DUI drivers throughout Portland, including Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Sherwood, Tualatin, and Tigard take care of their case and protect their reputation.
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The Washington County Sheriff's Office, based in Hillsboro, Oregon, patrols Beaverton, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Sherwood, Tigard, and Tualatin, and will sometimes ramp up efforts to arrest DUI drivers.

See this story (http://www.pamplinmedia.com/bvt/15-news/306729-184741-sheriffs-deputies-arrest-74-impaired-drivers-in-april) in the Beaverton Valley Times about recent DUI enforcement efforts targeting DUI drivers who have consumed alcohol or recreational Marijuana.

The Oregon DUI Diversion Firm works with first-time and repeated DUI drivers to help them take care of their DUI case and protect their reputation.
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