Felony DUI conviction means prison, loss of license for life
Oregon has some of the nation's toughest laws for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). Not only do first time offenders face serious penalties, including jail time, but those who commit subsequent offenses within a certain time period face even harsher consequences. The increase between second and third conviction is especially harsh. A second conviction for DUII in Oregon is a misdemeanor offense. A third, however, is a felony-level crime.
Many times those who are charged with multiple counts of driving under the influence are dealing with alcohol and substance dependency. The courts will encourage counseling or treatment. That said, the laws are very punitive and can make matters worse. The loss of a license in many areas in the state of Oregon can severely impact a person's ability to maintain employment, much less remain engaged in a treatment program. The stress of unemployment is not conducive to sobriety.