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Call the Duvall Law Office at 541-345-4500 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.
The Duvall Law Office is experienced in representing individuals charged with crimes throughout the state of Oregon. This includes Measure 11 offenses, domestic violence / child abuse charges, as well as all driving offenses including DUII (aka, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, DUI, DWI or more commonly called “drunk driving”).
Many offenses begin with a traffic stop. It is not unusual for a police officer to begin a contact with an individual after alleging that a driver failed to maintain a lane (Failure to Maintain Lane). The law upon which the officer bases this alleged violation is ORS 811.370. This is set out as follows:
“(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a person commits the offense of failure to drive within a lane if the person is operating a vehicle upon a roadway that is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic and the driver does not:
(a) Operate the vehicle as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane; and
(b) Refrain from moving from that lane until the driver has first made certain that the movement can be made with safety.
(2) A person who operates a commercial motor vehicle within a multilane roundabout that is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic may operate the commercial motor vehicle in more than one lane when it is not practicable to remain entirely within one lane.
(3) The offense described in this section, failure to drive within a lane, is a Class B traffic violation.”
An experienced criminal defense lawyer and/or drunk driving defense attorney regularly evaluates the underlying facts of a case to determine whether, in fact, the officer has observed such a violation (e.g. Failure to Maintain Lane), and whether the officer’s conclusion that the individual committed this violation of Oregon traffic law which then allowed the officer to investigate further was objectively reasonable.
The Duvall Law Office is based in Eugene, Oregon. We represent individuals throughout the state of Oregon including Corvallis, Roseburg, Albany and surrounding cities, and we appear in all circuit courts as well as municipal courts and justice courts. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment: 541-345-4500