DUI Lawyer Eugene
MJM Law Office handles many types of cases in Eugene, Oregon to bench and jury trials including DUI, Criminal and Traffic.
If you want a Eugene DUI Lawyer who will personally handle your file and be available for consultation 24/7, someone who will fairly evaluate your case and determine your most favorable course of action, hire us.
Our philosophy is to find out as much as we can about the facts of the case and talk to anyone who can help our defense. The stronger our defense appears to the prosecutor, the better our chances are of getting a favorable result.
Attorney Max J. Mizejewski
Max Mizejewski (pronounced Mejeski) received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Max graduated with a Juris Doctor from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and went on to work in the public sector before entering private practice. As Manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation Environmental Unit, Max gained valuable experience negotiating, problem solving and working through confrontational issues with emotionally charged individuals. Max brings this experience to his private practice which focuses on DUII Cases & Criminal Defense.
Max will take the time to understand each client’s unique situation and specific needs, research the facts and the law and advise clients on all of their options. Max will discuss whether certain evidence can be suppressed, the dynamics of negotiating an acceptable plea deal, and the potential risks and rewards of taking your case to a jury trial. Max represents clients in criminal prosecutions at the city, state and federal levels. Max's experience with the law and strategic mindset make him the right advocate to have on your side.
Commonly Asked Questions
Oregon DUI Law Highlights: Selected Penalties
|1st Conviction||2nd Conviction||3rd Conviction||4th Conviction|
|Jail or Road Crew||2 days min, typically up to 10||2 days min, typically around 30 days||2 days min, typically 60-100 days - Felony DUII punishable by prison if 3rd within 10 years.||If no other criminal convictions than the DUII's 15-18 months prison. If criminal record, 25-30 months prison.|
|Court Ordered Drivers License Suspension||1 year||3 years if 1st DUI within 5 years, otherwise 1 year||Lifetime Revocation||Lifetime Revocation|
|Hardship Permit||Requires Ignition Interlock Device (IID) + SR-22||After 90 days with IID + SR-22||None but can petition for restoration after 10 years||None but can petition for restoration after 10 years|
|Base Fine||$1,000 min $2,000 if you blow 0.15% or higher
|$1,500 min $2,000 if you blow 0.15% or higher
|$2,000 min (if not sentenced to prison) $6,250 max||Up to $100,000|
Note: In all cases, people convicted of a DUI will be ordered to complete a drug/alcohol assessment and treatment program, attend a Victim Impact Panel, and be on probation to the court. Additionally, the DMV will suspend the license of anyone that blows 0.08% or higher for 90 days and for 1 year for a refusal to blow. DMV suspension starts 30 days after the date of the incident.
WARNING: If you fail or refuse the breath test, your license will be confiscated and the DMV will automatically suspend your driving privileges anywhere from three months to a year or more. YOU ONLY HAVE TEN DAYS TO REQUEST A HEARING TO CONTEST YOUR LICENSE SUSPENSION.
Oregon DUI Law Highlights: BAC Levels and Implied Consent
|State||"Per Se" BAC Level||"Zero Tolerance" BAC Level||Enhanced Penalty BAC Level||"Implied Consent" Law|
Oregon DUI Definitions
"Per Se" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level
As of August 2005, Oregon has DUI laws that deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent. This means that Eugene drivers with a BAC at or above .08 are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary.
"Zero Tolerance" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level
Oregon carries "zero tolerance" laws that target drivers under the legal drinking age. These laws penalize persons under 21 for operating a vehicle in Eugene with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent.
"Enhanced Penalty" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level
Oregon imposes harsher penalties on DUI offenders with a BAC of .15% or greater at the time of the offense. DUI offenders in Eugene with a BAC at or above Oregon's enhanced penalty standards face additional jail time and harsher fines.
"Implied Consent" Laws
"Implied consent" laws require vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver in Eugene refuses to submit to such testing, the implied consent law carries a one year driver's license suspension.
Mandatory Alcohol Education and Assessment/Treatment
Alcohol education and treatment/assessment penalties for DUI offenders Eugene, Oregon can include mandatory attendance at DUI prevention programs, and assessment of potential alcohol dependency problems. Such programs are often made "conditions" of a suspended sentence or probation, meaning that a DUI offender can avoid jail time and payment of hefty fines if he or she completes participation in the program.
A vehicle ignition interlock breath-testing device measures a vehicle operator's BAC, and will prevent operation of the vehicle if more than a minimal amount of alcohol is detected (i.e. BAC level of .02). DUI offenders will usually be required to pay the costs of installation, rental, and maintenance of an ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock device is required as a condition of diversion on all cases occurring after January 1st of 2012.
Oregon State Bar
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Multnomah Bar Association
Lane County Bar Association
J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
International Law Program, Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
United States Department of the Interior, Solicitors Office
Energy Trust of Oregon, General Counsel
Public Sector Experience
Oregon Department of Transportation, Environmental Section
City of Portland, City Nature West
FERC's Abdication of Jurisdiction Over Hydroelectric Dams on Non-Navigable Rivers: A Potential Setback for Comprehensive Stream Management, in Vol. 27, No. 3, Environmental Law
Reduction of Biochemical Oxygen Demand in and Advanced Integrated Wastewater Pond System, UC Berkeley Environmental Sciences Journal
We have proudly served clients in several Lane County, Linn County, Benton County and Douglas County communities, including Eugene, Springfield, Coburg, Creswell, Cottage Grove, Lowell, Oakridge, Veneta, Junction City, Florence, Roseburg, Corvallis and Albany.
What Our Clients Say
Quick, Helpful, and Honest!After an unfortunate traffic infraction last year, I was left with a potentially hefty penalty. Without having the tools to effectively navigate this difficult situation I called Mr. Mizejewski based on his excellent reputation. I could not have been happier! Max provided me with several clear, simple, and honest options. Upon following his instructions I was cleared of all charges and not a single penny was lost. I would highly recommend Max for his quick, honest, and easy to follow advice! -Jason
Happy with my Representation.Living out of state I was at a loss about the laws of Oregon as well as who to hire as an attorney. I decided on Max and am very happy that I did. He was on top of things and the results were better than I expected. I would recommend him to anyone. -Doug
Made Me Feel Very Comfortable.I had a very good experience with Max, representing me, and his assistant, Robin. They were very professional with a "I'm there for you" attitude. I appreciated their prompt response to my phone and email questions. -Stacey
Helpful, Honest, Upfront.I called numerous attorneys and got calls and emails from several. Max Mizejewski was the most helpful, honest, and upfront of them all....not to mention, the most reasonably priced. He gave me the information I needed to make an informed decision, which in the end was to represent myself. However, if I ever do need an attorney, or have a friend who needs one, you can bet I will call on or recommend Max Mizejewski! Thank you so much! -Deb
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