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Alcohol treatment programs and drivers' licenses in Oregon

Individuals in Oregon can make the mistake of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When this happens and a Texan is arrested, the person can face serious penalties. These penalties can include jail or prison time, large fines, the loss of a driver's license, being required to use an ignition interlock device and being ordered to undergo mandatory alcohol treatment. These penalties can have serious effect on people's lives. It may take years before the consequences are fully behind people.

Mandatory alcohol treatment is just one of many possibilities when a person has been convicted of DUII in Oregon. Under Section 813.022 of the Oregon criminal code, proof of a person's completion of an approved alcohol treatment program must be submitted to the Department of Transportation before the person's driving privileges can be reinstated.

Under the law, the Department of Transportation cannot reinstate a person's driving privileges until proof of treatment is submitted or until a county court says the person has taken satisfy sufficient steps to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, if proof of treatment is not submitted, a license can be reinstated if it has been 15 or more years since the DUII conviction.

Under the Section, there are several situations where a circuit court can determine that the person has taken sufficient steps to satisfy the treatment requirement. In these cases, the person must submit a motion to the court. The district attorney can object within 45 days of that motion.

It is important for individuals in Oregon understand all of the requirements they must fulfil following a DUII conviction. People must also understand the legal rights following a drunk driving arrest. People need to understand how to avoid losing their drivers' license in the first place to avoid these further legal complications. An attorney can help individuals in this situations avoid conviction.

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