Related Charges

Related Charges to Driving under the Influence of intoxicants (DUII)  in Oregon.

What to Know About Related Charges you May Be Facing

If you have been charged with a DUII in Oregon, it’s not uncommon for other misdemeanor or even felony offenses to be charged at the same time. In this article, we’ll discuss the most common misdemeanor offenses that are charged at the same time as a DUII in Oregon.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a common misdemeanor offense that is often charged alongside a DUII. This charge typically arises when a driver operates a vehicle in a manner that endangers other persons or property on the road. Examples of reckless driving behavior may include excessive speeding, weaving through traffic, or ignoring traffic signals. A reckless driving charge is also common in DUII cases where the DUII results in a single-car crash.

Driving While Suspended

If your driver’s license has been suspended, driving a vehicle can result in a separate misdemeanor offense. This charge is often brought alongside a DUII charge because many individuals who are charged with a DUII have had their driver’s licenses suspended due to prior DUIIs or other traffic crimes. While driving while suspended can be a traffic violation and only a fine imposed, it could also be charged as a misdemeanor or even a felony offense depending on the person’s criminal history.

Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run)

The crime of failure to perform the duties of a driver offense occurs when a driver leaves the scene of an accident without stopping to exchange information or render aid to those involved. This offense is often charged alongside a DUII if the driver has been involved in an accident while under the influence. If the driver does not stop when there is damage to cars, trucks, or fixtures on the side of the road, the hit and run is a Class A misdemeanor offense. If the driver does not stop when a person was hit by the car and injured, that is a Class C Felony hit and run, and the consequences are significantly more severe. 

Criminal Mischief

Criminal mischief is a charge that may arise if a driver intentionally or recklessly damages property while driving. For example, if a driver is arrested for a DUII after crashing into a fence—or worse, a house—they may also be charged with criminal mischief for the damage caused to the fence or house. While criminal mischief in the first degree is a felony charge, prosecutors rarely charge criminal mischief in a DUII case as such. Typically, prosecutors will charge criminal mischief in the second degree, which is a class A misdemeanor.

Recklessly Endangering Another Person

Recklessly Endangering Another Person is a charge that may be brought if a driver’s actions put others in danger of serious physical injury. This charge may be brought alongside a DUII if the driver’s actions put others in danger while under the influence. This charge is common when there was another person in the vehicle with the DUII driver, or there is clear evidence that the DUII driver narrowly missed hitting another driver on the road.

Minor in Possession

If a minor is found to be in possession of alcohol while driving, they may be charged with minor in possession. This charge is often brought alongside a DUII if the driver is under the legal drinking age and driving under the influence.

Resisting Arrest

If a driver resists arrest during a DUII stop, they may be charged with resisting arrest. This charge can result in additional penalties, including fines and jail time.

Violation of Probation

If the driver is currently on probation, a DUII arrest can result in a violation of probation charge. This can result in additional penalties and restrictions on the driver’s freedom. If the person is also on probation for a DUII, the penalties in both the probation case and in the new DUII case are often increased, and the court is more likely to impose a significant jail sentence if convicted.


If you have been charged with a DUII in Oregon, it’s important to understand that other misdemeanor offenses may also be charged at the same time. The most common misdemeanor offenses that are charged alongside a DUII in Oregon include reckless driving, driving while suspended, hit and run, criminal mischief, recklessly endangering minor in possession, resisting arrest, and violation of probation. It’s essential to consult with a knowledgeable DUII attorney who can help you understand your charges and develop a strong defense strategy. With the right legal support, you may be able to minimize the impact of these charges and move forward with your life.

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