What makes a DUI a felony in Oregon? What are the consequences of a DUI that is considered a felony?
Until recently, a person could only receive a felony DUI if they had three previous DUI convictions within the past 10 years. That law has recently become more strict; today, a DUI is a felony DUI if an individual has had two dui convictions in the past 10 years (diversion doesn’t count as a conviction). A felony DUI is a Class C felony, which means that the maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and a $125,000 fine. The “presumptive” sentence for a person convicted of felony DUI is 13 months in prison, which is quite harsh.
If you or your loved on is charged with a DUI that is a felony, you will want to have the best representation possible to mitigate the damages. We have been able to successfully save several individuals from the serious conseuqnces of this charge, but we have also seen people do some serious time. Perhaps you are reading this section as a first-time offender, thinking that you will never, ever, receive a felony. That’s a good thought to have.