DUI Defense Attorney

Serving All of Oregon – Portland – Beaverton – Gresham

Robert L. Sepp DUI Defense Attorney
If you’ve been charged with Drunk Driving (DUII) in the Portland Oregon area, you probably have many questions on what happens next. First and foremost you will want to protect your rights going forward with experienced and aggressive legal representation.

Robert L. Sepp, Attorney at Law represents his clients throughout the Portland Oregon Metro Area including cities: Beaverton, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City, Portland, Gresham, Tigard, Hillsboro and Newberg who have been charged with a DUII and need a tenacious lawyer to defend them against a drunk driving charge.

Robert L. Sepp, Attorney at Law is an experienced and aggressive lawyer when it comes to drunk driving charges. He has successfully protected the rights of many of his clients and has had many of his clients DUII charges dismissed or reduced. If you’ve been charged with drunk driving, its very important that you find a drunk driving attorney that has the experience and expertise to guide you through this difficult time.


Attorney Robert L. Sepp offers Free Domestic Violence Defense Consultations for Select Cases.  To qualify for a Free Legal Consultation, you must fill out the details of your case below which will be reviewed by Mr. Sepp to see if you qualify.

Attorney review of your DUI case

If you’ve been charged with Drunk Driving, we encourage you to take our Portland Drunk Driving Legal Assessment Here. You’re information will be held confidential and we will contact you after we review the assessment to let you know how and if we can help you with your situation.

Oregon DMV Hearings and Drunk Driving Charges Attorney

Robert Sepp Attorney at Law Specializes in dui drunk driving charge defense in Portland Beaverton Hillsboro Gresham and Salem ORBeing charged with DUII can have serious repercussions on the status of your Oregon drivers license for years to come. When you choose to have qualified legal representation at your DMV Hearing, you’re making a smart choice to have a experienced attorney fight to have your driving privileges reinstated. Your DMV Hearing will be a separate proceeding from your criminal trial, and as such it is highly recommended that you have a experienced Portland Drunk Driving Attorney represent you during this DMV Hearing.

Robert L. Sepp, Attorney at Law is experienced and aggressive in defending the rights of his clients when it comes to these hearings. Robert prepares for the hearing in writing and if appropriate will work with field experts, doctors, and witnesses to construct an aggressive legal strategy to make sure you have the best possible defense. It is recommended that you take our Drunk Driving Legal Assessment here so we can best understand your unique situation. Your answers will be kept confidential and only reviewed by a qualified attorney experienced in Drunk Driving charges here in Portland, Oregon.

Oregon DUI Diversion Eligibility

Determining Eligibility for DUII (Drunk Driving) Diversion Program

You are eligible to participate in the DUII Diversion Program if:

  • You meet all of the requirements described in the Petitioner Sworn Statement of Eligibility; and
  • You have not already plead guilty or no contest to the present DUII charge, or if you already plead not guilty to the charge, no trial on the DUII charge has yet begun; and
  • You appeared in court on the date scheduled for your first appearance on the charge or the Court finds good reason for your failure to do so;
  • You file this petition with the Court within 30 days from the citation issued date, unless the Court finds you have a good reason for the delay.
Legal Rights Waived
  • To enter the DUII Diversion Program, you must waive the following rights:
  • You have a right to have the DUII charge decided without unnecessary delay. You must agree to give up this right in order to enter into a diversion agreement with the Court. If you are allowed to enter the diversion program, the Court will stop the prosecution of the charge against you. If you fail to complete the program the prosecution will continue.
  • This paragraph applies to you only if you are charged with other offenses in addition to DUII and the additional charges are from the same alleged episode. All offenses alleged to have been committed at the same time must be prosecuted at the same time. The diversion agreement between you and the Court applies only to the DUII charge. Prosecution of this charge only will be delayed during the diversion program period. Other charges will be prosecuted separately from the DUII charge and will not be delayed by the diversion agreement.
  • By requesting to enter into a diversion agreement, you are giving up the right to have the DUII charge decided at the same time as your other charges (former jeopardy).
Agreement with the Court
In order to have the DUII charge dismissed by completing the diversion program, you agree to do the following:
  • Pay the Court a filing fee, a unitary assessment fee, and a program administration fee (these fees vary depending on the court you’re appearing in).
  • The Court will give you the name and address of a diagnostic agency. You agree to contact this agency and undergo an evaluation to determine the extent of any alcohol or drug abuse problem you may have. You will be referred to a treatment program and will be required to follow the recommendations of this treatment program. You must pay associated fees directly to the agency that performs the diagnostic assessment and treatment.
  • You must complete the recommended  treatment program. This treatment program must be completed at your own expense. If you cannot pay the cost of treatment, be sure to tell the counselor at your first meeting. The treatment facility may find that you are qualified to have some portion or all of the cost of treatment waived and often may allow payments over time.
  • You will be required to attend a victims impact panel. The cost of the victim impact panel varies, and is paid by you.
  • You agree to not use intoxicants and often times must comply to all state and municipal laws.
  • You agree to keep the Court advised at all times of your current mailing and residential addresses. This is extremely important, since notices will be mailed to you by the Court and by the treatment program to the address you provide.
  • If the Court allows you to enter into the diversion program and if you keep these agreements, the Court will dismiss the DUII charge at the end of one year.
  • The Court will terminate this diversion agreement if the Court finds that you have violated the terms of the diversion agreement or that you were not eligible for diversion to begin with. The Court will make this determination at a hearing where you can “show cause” why you should not be removed from the diversion program. To show cause means that if you can show the judge why you should not be removed from the program, the judge will allow you to continue to participate in the program. Notice of such hearing will be sent to you by regular mail. If you fail to appear in court as direct by the mailed notice, the Court can terminate the diversion agreement and prosecution of the offense will be resumed.

Drunk Driving Charges – Questions & Answers

Q – Is being charged with DUII in Oregon considered a felony?
A – A DUII charge in Oregon is considered a misdemeanor criminal offense, unless you have had two or more DUII convictions in the last 10 years.
Q – Will my Oregon drivers license be suspended?
Your license may be suspended anywhere from 90 days to three years, or longer depending on your situation and your prior history. It is important to remember if you plan to contest your DMV license suspension, you only have 10 days following your arrest to request a hearing.
Q – I’ve heard that I might be offered diversion, what does that entail?
If this is your first DUII charge, and you meet certain criteria, you will likely be eligible for diversion.  Oregon’s diversion entails the defendant completing the following:
– Assessment to determine if you have a drinking or drug related substance abuse issue, this will often entail completing a substance abuse course typically lasting 12 weeks or longer.
– Complete a victims impact panel, this is a one class session.
– Fees and court costs. Diversion entails the defendant paying all fees associated with the treatment classes, impact panel, court fees, evaluator fees, and assessments. Typically payment plans are available.
– Not be charged with any alcohol or drug related traffic crime for a period of one year.
Failure to complete the diversion program results in an automatic conviction is the result.
Q – I was charged with other crimes with my DUII, are these dismissed if I complete diversion?
A – The diversion agreement applies to the drunk driving charge only.  Other charges will be prosecuted separately.

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