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DUI Conviction in Oregon? How to Lift Your License Suspension

Drivers who are arrested by police and tested with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher, as well as those who refuse a breathalyzer test, face an immediate license suspension.

An individual who has lost his or her license in Oregon should consult a DUI lawyer to help navigate the state’s license reinstatement process.

Here are the steps that need to be taken to reinstate an Oregon driver’s license after a drunk driving conviction.

Request a Hearing

First, the individual can request a hearing to appeal the suspension within ten days of the DUI arrest. It is advisable to arrange to have the DUI lawyer attend this hearing. The hearing must be requested online, in person, by fax or via postal mail.

If a suspension is upheld, a DUI following a failed sobriety test will typically last from 90 days for a first offense and one year for a second offense. For those who receive a charge after refusing a breathalyzer, the penalty can be suspension from one year for a first offense, and three years for a second.

Apply for a Hardship Permit

The DUI lawyer can file a hardship permit application immediately after the first offense and 90 days after the second offense. This must include the required forms as well as a $50 Hardship Permit application fee, a $75 license reinstatement fee, and certificate of liability insurance coverage. Please check with DMV to double check current fees.

It also requires a letter from the employer stating the person’s work schedule and listing any driving requirements of the job, as well as a recommendation from the convicting judge. If the hardship permit is accepted, the vehicle is typically fitted with an ignition interlock device that prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver has an illegal blood-alcohol level. The driver must also visit the Department of Motor Vehicles to receive a restricted license for the term of the suspension. Drivers with this type of permit are only authorized to go to and from work, drive on the job, seek employment and get required medical treatment or take part in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program.

Wait Out the Suspension

Those concerned about whether they will be able to obtain a hardship permit should consult a DUI lawyer who has experience with the Oregon court system. If a driver does not meet the guidelines for a hardship permit, and following the time of the suspended license, they can pay the $75 license reinstatement fee to have their license returned. Though license suspensions can be lifted for the first two offenses, a third DUI offense comes with permanent license suspension as well as mandatory jail time.

The History of U.S. Blood-Alcohol Level Regulations

Driving Under the Influence: Categories of DUII Offenses

June 6, 2016

The Oregonian reported recently that the Oregon State Police have added forty unmarked police cars to their fleet in order to combat the “epidemic” of distracted driving. According to the article, the police have reported a 37% increase in traffic stops for distracted driving since the new vehicles were put into service. Moreover, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garret was quoted as saying, “In Oregon . . . crash data show a person is injured in a crash linked to distracted driving every three hours, and five people are injured each week in a distracted driving crash involving a cellphone. About 1,500 people are convicted each month of using a cellphone while driving.”  


Automobile collisions have been a hazard ever since the first motor vehicles hit the road. Bu2500906686_5eba298e62_zt, the danger today is even more significant due to the numerous distractions caused by electronic devices. Whether it is a phone call, e-mail, text, or news update, drivers are constantly tempted to look away from the road in response to alerts emanating from their smartphones. When that happens and traffic conditions change, these distracted drivers often do not brake or take the evasive action that they might otherwise have done had they been paying closer attention. As a result, the impact of collisions caused by distracted drivers can be far more severe than a normal car crash.


Many people who have been hit by another driver often ask, “How could they have been going that fast? Didn’t they see that I was stopped?” The answer oftentimes is that the other driver was distracted by a smartphone. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company denies the severity of the impact or refuses to pay fair compensation, there are methods that an experienced trial attorney can use to get to the bottom of what really happened. Corbridge Law Offices has helped numerous people who have been the victims of distracted driving and its attorneys are ready to answer any questions you might have.
* The information obtained herein was from “‘Oregon State Police using 40 unmarked cars to bust distracted drivers, speeders,” by Elliot Njus, The Oregonian (April 05, 2016).

Pedestrian Safety in Portland

Last month, The Oregonian published a story about dangerous driving in Oregon. The article quoted a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey stating that nine out of ten drivers admitted to engaging in risky driving behavior within the thirty days prior to the survey. The findings included the following: (1) 70% of drivers reported talking on a cellphone while driving; (2) 42% said they read texts or e-mails in traffic; (3) 48% said they drove 15 mph over the speed limit, (4) 39% said they drove through a light that just turned red when they could have stopped safely; and (5) 13% said that they drove when their blood alcohol level “might have been near or over the legal limit within the past year.

With so many people engaged in risky driving behavior, automobile collisions are inevitable.  Moreover, the more distracted a driver is, the greater the chance that he/she may cause a significant injury. Last year, Oregon had 446 fatalities on the state’s roads.

It is important to remember that getting behind the wheel of an automobile is a big responsibility. Even a slight mistake or a moment of inattention can alter your life and the lives of those around you. If you have been injured by someone who was engaged in risky driving behavior, it is important to know your rights. Corbridge Law Offices is here to help.

* The information obtained herein was from “‘Culture of Indifference’: Nearly all drivers admit to unsafe driving behavior, survey finds” by Elliot Njus, The Oregonian (February 25, 2016).