The officer said if convicted this would be viewed as a civil matter and not reported to DMV due to blowing under .08. Is this true?
So it will not be reported to DMV, this means you don't have to worry about an Implied Consent License Suspension. This is because they will only report it if you fail a breath test, .08 or greater, or a refusal. This, however, does not make it a civil matter. If he cited you into court for DUII, you are being prosecuted. He could also be sending a report to the District Attorney so they can decide if they want to prosecute you. If in fact you blew a .07 and escaped with no citation I would consider myself extremely lucky, as that is very rare. If you need a good lawyer in Bend let me know, I can make some recommendations.
Nope, not true. There are two prongs to most DUIIs in Oregon, a criminal and an administrative. A DUII is a criminal charge, if this is your first it is likely a Class A misdemenaor. If you had blown over a .08 the office could have, and likely would have, reported it to the DMV, the administrative prong who could have suspended your license based on failing a breath test. In your case, you didn't fail a breath test so no administrative prong but the criminal side is still out there.
You absolutely need a good DUII lawyer on your side to explain your circumstances and option and to help you make good decisions. Most of us give free consultations.
No. First of all, I doubt that the officer did say that. Second, if they did, they were lying or mistaken. (Police can and do lie to you, all the time.) DUII is a crime. You can blow under a .08 and still be convicted of DUII. A BAC of .08 is presumptively impaired, but below that is NOT assuredly unimpaired. You need to consult in private with an attorney immediately. Do not discuss this with anyone else until you do. Do not post more details on the internet. Do not talk to the police, or the DMV. Talk to a lawyer.
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