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What is the fine for DUI in Oregon?

With a recovering economy, money is tight for many people. People often don't have extra money to pay for unnecessary expenses. People may turn to cheaper forms of entertainment -- like drinking with friends -- to fill their time instead of more expensive options. However, Oregon residents should be aware that being convicted of drunk driving can lead to financial consequences.

You can be found guilty of driving under the influence if your blood alcohol content level is above the state's legal limit of .08 percent. If you are convicted of DUI, you can be sentenced to a variety of penalties. While many people think of jail time or driver's license suspension, there are also large fines that can accompany a DUI. Many may wonder just how much they will have to pay if found guilty.

Only a judge can issue a specific penalty in any given case, therefore this blog post cannot provide specific legal advice for your situation. However, under O.R.S. section 813.010, the court must impose a fine in addition to the other penalties given out. The specific fine often depends on the circumstances of your arrest and your criminal record.

For most first time offenders, the court will issue a minimum fine of $1,000. This fine increases to $1,500 for a second conviction. For three or more DUI convictions, a person can be sentenced to a minimum fine of $2,000 if the person is not given prison time. Furthermore, if your BAC level was .15 percent or higher at the time of your arrest, you could also face a minimum fine of $2,000. A maximum fine of up to $10,000 could be ordered for those driving under the influence with minors in the car.

Additional fees can also be required under O.R.S. section 813.020.

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