If you have been arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense in Oregon, you will logically want to understand your defense options. A conviction for driving under the influence of intoxicants can be something you want to avoid and the state’s program called Diversion may present with you the ability to avoid this conviction.

Diversion is a program via which you complete required activities in exchange for not having a criminal conviction on your record. The program lasts for one year and includes things like participation in substance treatment classes and support group meetings and the required use of an ignition interlock device. Not everyone can qualify for Diversion, however. As explained by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, there are several things that may disqualify you from this program.

Diversion is not an option for anyone who was involved in an accident that injured or killed another person as part of their DUII arrest, who was driving commercially at the time of their arrest or who has any felony drunk driving convictions on their record. A person who has gone through Diversion in the prior 15 years or who has other pending drunk driving charges at the time of their current charge may also not be eligible to paticipate in Diversion in Oregon. 

If you would like to learn more about your options to avoid a conviction for a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants, please feel free to visit the Diversion program page of our Oregon drunk driving defense website.