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Do I Need SR22 in Oregon if My DUI was Reduced to Diversion?

21 Jan 2013

You may not need SR22 for a diversionWhen a driver is convicted of driving under the influence in Oregon for the first time, the Judge usually grants him the chance to go through a diversion program. A diversion program requires the driver to attend special classes that deal with the subject of operating an automobile while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The hope is that the driver abstains from this behavior in the future and is given more or less a second chance. After completion of the program of attending classes, testimonials and panel discussions on the problems alcohol causes in one's life, in the household and the community, the Judge may then order the DMV to reduce the conviction to a less severe driving record entry.

If the driver was not convicted for anything else that may require SR22, the conviction of diversion does not usually carry with it the requirement of filing an SR22. The driver may, however, be required to file an SR22 for a short period of time after a mandatory suspension period and before completion of the diversion course.

Failure to complete all the requirements of the diversion process may lead to the charge being reverted back to a DUI and SR22 requirements re-instituted for the remainder of the three years. If you have been approved for the diversion program, be sure you complete all the requirements and turn in your completion certificate to the court and Oregon DMV, if necessary, so the proper charge will be reflected in your driving record.