Oregon House Bill 2542 just passed the Oregon House of Representatives by a vote of 57-0, and is moving on to the Senate for approval. The new law would take effect immediately upon signature by the Governor, which means that the license suspension for “failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons” (a.k.a. Hit-and-Run) would increase from one year to three years.
Currently, a person charged with hit-and-run when only property is damaged faces a misdemeanor charge, while a person charged with hit-and-run involving an injury can be charged with a felony. However, the license suspension following a conviction for both is one year. This new law would change that, increasing the license suspension to three years when a conviction for hit-and-run involves a serious physical injury.
As a Portland criminal defense and DUII attorney, I see the penalties for these and other traffic crimes increase each legislative session, making a talented attorney and a strong defense more important than ever.