Portland DUI Attorney

Both Washington and Oregon impose serious penalties if you are convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). Penalties can include the suspension or lifetime revocation of your driver’s license, jail time, fines, lengthy probation, mandatory treatment, installation of ignition interlock devices, increased insurance rates and, if the conviction is for a felony charge, time in prison.


Portland Sexual Child Abuse LawyerPortland DUI attorney David T. McDonald knows that after a DUII arrest, the first matter you face is challenging the suspension of your license. In Oregon, you must request a hearing in writing within 10 days of your arrest if you wish to challenge a suspension of your license based upon allegations that you failed or refused a breath test; in Washington, you must make the request within 20 days and pay a fee. In both states, failure to make the request may waive your right to a hearing, and you could lose your driving privilege. For over 25 years, Portland DUI attorney David McDonald has represented clients accused of drunk driving. He knows the steps to take to defend you and your rights.

A first-time DUII conviction in Washington is a misdemeanor punishable by several thousand dollars in fines and up to 364 days in jail, or both. Prior DUII convictions – including deferred sentences or convictions for charges reduced from DUI – can mean enhanced penalties including a lengthier jail sentence and a longer license suspension. You may be required to use an ignition interlock device even for a first conviction, or to obtain a Ignition Interlock Device license to avoid losing your privilege to drive altogether and you may also be required to file costly proof-of-insurance documents to retain your driving privilege.


Being arrested for driving under the influence does not mean an automatic conviction. Portland DUI attorney David McDonald will evaluate your individual case and decide what are the best challenges to the state’s charges, including the possiblity of challengeing the stop and arrest as well as the results of any chemical tests. He will diplomatically, firmly and, if necessary, aggressively challenge the state’s evidence in order to acheive the best possible outcome. Don’t risk your driving privilege or other freedoms. If you face any driving while intoxicated charge, call Portland DUI attorney David McDonald promptly.

In Oregon, David McDonald represents clients in Portland and in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties. In Washington, he represents clients in Clark County and throughout the state’s southwest. He also works with Spanish-speaking investigators and interpreters to assist those in the Hispanic community. To schedule a consultation, call attorney David McDonald at 503-226-0188. Evening and weekend appointments are available.