Learn More About DWIs

Oregon DUI & DUI Laws

Jul 29, 2016

Like every state, Oregon takes drinking and driving very seriously. You could be charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) or a DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) if you are pulled over with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This offense will incompany serious penalties and fines.

Legal limit in Oregon:

  • Standard, non-commercial drivers: 0.08% BAC
  • Commercial drivers: 0.04% BAC
  • Drivers under 21: 0.0% BAC

Penalties, Fines, & Suspension

Oregon DUI & DUI Penalties, Fines, & Suspension
Penalty 1st offense 2nd offense 3rd offense
Sentence 48 hours – 1 year Up to 1 year Up to 5 years
Fine $1,000-$2,000 $2,000-$10,000 $2,000-$10,000
Driver’s License Suspension 1 year 3 years License permanently revoked.

Chemical Test Refusal

Oregon is an “implied consent” state, which means that anyone with an Oregon driver’s license has agreed to take a chemical test, such as a breathalyzer, if arrested or stopped for a DWI. If you do not comply with the chemical test, the state can suspend a person’s driving privileges. All driver’s license are subject to driver’s license suspension for chemical test refusal is in addition to any punishment for the DUI conviction.
1st offense: 1 year driver’s license suspension; $500-$1,000 fine
2nd offense: 3 year driver’s license suspension; $500-$1,000 fine
3rd offense: 3 year driver’s license suspension; $500-$1,000 fine

Ignition Interlock

In Oregon, drinking and driving offenders will be subject to a license suspension. An ignition interlock device may be required in order to regain driving rights. The IID device will be installed to a vehicle’s ignition requiring legal blood alcohol levels to drive the car.

Criminal Record

A DUI conviction will remain on an offender’s criminal record for 5 years. If another drunk driving conviction occurs during this time, the offender will be subject to intensified fines and penalties.

Under 21

Oregon has zero-tolerance for minors under the age of 21 drinking and driving. Any driver underage with a BAC above .00% will result in a sentence period from 2 days to 1 year, a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000 and a license suspension for up to 1 year. These penalties will increase with a second conviction within 10 years.

DWI with a Child Passenger

Receiving a DUI with a child passenger in the vehicle can add additional fines and punishments. Oregon law states if there is a passenger in the car under the age of 18 and at least 3 years younger than the driver at the time of a DUI arrest, then the offender is subject to a fine up to $10,000. The minor may also be charged for minor in possession (MIP), soliciting alcohol, false identification and/or other underage violations.

More on OR DUI Laws: – Suspensions and Revocations:

Posted in:
Updated: July 29, 2016 at 11:19 am