What Happens Once I Commit to the DUI Diversion Program?
Several of our clients want to avoid jail time, so they want to commit in Oregon’s DUI Diversion Program. When it comes to getting into the program, the rule is simple. If you are eligible for DUI diversion you can enter the diversion program. Once you are deemed eligible by the members of the court and decide to participate, it is your responsibility to “show up” and make sure you complete all requirements in a timely manner.
What are the requirements for the DUI Diversion Program?
Once you enter into a diversion agreement with the court for a DUI, you will be required to do a number of things. The time frame for you complete all requirements is one year, however, it is in your best interest to act quickly. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
- getting a substance abuse evaluation
- completing whatever treatment necessary determined by your substance abuse evaluation
- attending a victim’s impact panel
- paying court fees
- installing an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you plan on driving during the diversion period
- agreeing to not use alcohol or drugs unless they are prescribed
What Happens If I Violate My Agreement?
You must complete the DUI Diversion program within one year. Please be advised that this is not the time to “check out” for several months. If you do not participate in the program in a timely manner or violate any terms of the agreement, you will receive an “order for show cause” notice in the mail. An order to show cause notice is not something you want to get in the mail. If you do not have an attorney, retain one immediately. You do not have much time to act, as this notice is time sensitive. Your eligibility for the program will be in jeopardy, and consequences are harsh. If you are removed from the program, you will be facing the original maximum penalties for a DUI conviction.
I Want to Commit to The DUI Diverision Program, But Need Support…
Hiring a DUI attorney like the ones we have at Reynolds Defense Firm is beyond helpful. Not only will they make sure you get in the program if you’re eligible, but they can help you make sure you complete it.
To take it a step further, it may be in your best interest to surround yourself with more support than the court requires. We have several clients who want to get to the root of what led them to a law firm in the first place, but don’t know how. Completing a program like Window of Clarity helps our clients identify and address whatever was making them feel stuck in life. Last but not least, our team completely understands that being arrested for a DUI is incredibly traumatic. Not only does the arrest affect them, but it affects their friends and family too. For more of Reynolds Defense Firm’s guidance, visit the “Tips & Advice” section on our blog. You can also visit our FAQ page on our website.