By WILLIAM FRANCIS
The court imposes fines and fees, in addition to jail time, when a person is convicted of DUI.
A person convicted of a misdemeanor DUI can expect a $1,000 fine for a first conviction, $1,500 for a second conviction, and felony treatment on a third conviction.
If a person chooses to avoid a conviction by entering into the court-sponsored program, such as DUI diversion, there will be a $490 fee for entry into the DUI diversion program.
Whether the court imposes a conventional sentence or orders an "alternative" treatment program, defendants generally pay fees for lots of services, such as evaluations at Community Justice, alcohol and drug treatment and classes, "blow-and-go" devices for their cars, higher insurance rates, and other, ongoing costs.
For example, to go into DUI diversion, in addition to the "program" fee of $490 at the court, there's an "evaluation" fee of $150 at the Community Justice office. Then there's another $25 fee at the "victim impact panel," which is a Mothers Against Drunk Driving program that people convicted of DUI or go on diversion are required to attend.
Everyone who is convicted or enters a plea to get into diversion, will have to report to the payment window at the courthouse. Then, there will be a visit to Community Justice, where defendants are asked to fill out some forms and schedule an alcohol and drug evaluation. If the judge orders jail time, this is the office where applications for home detention are filed.
By WILLIAM FRANCIS
If you have not ben convicted of DUI or participated in a diversion program within the previous 15 years, these are the typical penalties for a first conviction of DUI:
A DUI charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which means conviction carries a possible sentence of up to a year in jail and a fine of $6,250. In practically all DUI cases, the sentence is much less extreme, with a standard two-day jail sentence and a fine of $1,000 for a first conviction.
If there is a conviction on a first DUI and a blood alcohol content was .15 percent or more, the fine increases.
Penalties Increase for Second DUI ConvictionIf you already have a DUI on your record, penalties increase for each subsequent conviction. These are the typical penalties for a second DUI conviction:
Like any other Class A misdemeanor, Oregon statutes provide that a first or second DUI conviction has a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of $6,250.
Felony DUI: If a person is arrested for DUI with two prior DUI convictions, there is a high level of probability that the person will be indicted by a Grant Jury and charged with Felony DUI.
On conviction for Felony DUI, a Judge is required to sentence a Defendant under a law known as Measure 73.
The minimum sentences on conviction for Felony DUI is 60 days. Generally a fine and other Court assessments will total $2,500 or more. Additionally, a third conviction for DUI will result in the following penalties:
If a third DUI is charged as a Class C felony, Oregon law provides that conviction on this offense carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of $125,000. A minimum sentence of 90 days is generally imposed on conviction for a first felony conviction for DUI.