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Tigard, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer

Protecting Your Freedom and Future

If you have been charged with a crime, it can be difficult to know how to take the first step.  You are likely concerned with the pending court date and any fines or possible jail time as well as the long term effect of having a criminal conviction on your record.  As your criminal defense lawyer, I will help you prevent one mistake from haunting you for the rest of your life.  While I can’t change the fact that you were arrested and charged with a crime, I can certainly help reduce or eliminate both the short and long term consequences as a result from the charge.

Understanding What You Are Up Against

The entire system can feel incredibly intimidating and out of your control.  As your criminal defense lawyer, I work to familiarize you with the process around your charges so you know what to expect.  I also review all of the details around your case to look for possible defenses.  It’s important to remember that criminal defense cases are not about what you did or did not do.  They are about what the county can or can not prove.  When people make the mistake of not having a lawyer represent them, a lot of cases end up being about what they can get you to admit.  Don’t become the star witness against yourself.  Keep your mouth shut, and talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.

Types of Criminal Charges & Your Record

I defend people throughout the Portland area of all types of criminal charges.  Property crimes (like theft or shoplifting) and violent crimes (like assault and battery) can become red flags to potential employers or landlords.  Once you have a criminal record, you will not get a chance to explain yourself; instead you are seen as someone who is violent, or can not be trusted.  That is why it’s so important to work with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible – before you go to court and before any decisions have been made.  The criminal defense system is created to be very efficient – often at the cost of the people who are caught up in it.  Do not become a statistic; make sure that your story is told and that your rights are protected.  I protect people from a wide variety of criminal charges including:

  • Theft and Property Crimes
  • Hit & Run, Reckless Driving and Other Serious Driving Offenses
  • Domestic Violence & Assault Charges
  • Disorderly Conduct & Criminal Mischief
  • Weapons Offenses

Free Initial Consultation – Take the First Step Towards Putting this Behind You

If you have been charged with a crime you are likely anxious and unsure what to expect.  Take advantage of a free initial consultation today to learn how Oregon criminal defense law applies to your situation and your options for defending yourself.  Do not let a mistake or temporary lapse in judgement haunt your employment and housing applications for years to come.  Work with an experienced defense lawyer to minimize or eliminate the consequences and end your case in the best possible outcome.

Practice Areas

DUI Defense

A DUI arrest immediately triggers two events: a DMV action to suspend driving privileges and a criminal prosecution. To preserve your rights we must make an immediate request for a DMV hearing.
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Driving While Suspended

The circumstances that resulted in a license suspension can greatly affect the outcome of a DWS case.
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Hit & Run

Under Oregon law a “Hit and Run” is called Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver. These charges can often be dismissed through a civil compromise settlement.
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Reckless Driving

A Reckless Driving conviction can result in a driver license suspension and mandatory SR-22 insurance for three years.
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Theft

Penalties for a theft conviction can vary widely depending on the value, the victim, and specific circumstances. Theft charges can often be dismissed through a civil compromise settlement.
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Domestic Violence

A physical crime that occurs between: spouses; relatives; roommates; persons involved in a sexual relationship; & the parents of a child will be charged as domestic violence.
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Harassment & Assault

Harassment is defined as touching someone in an offensive way. Assault is defined as causing someone physical injury even if minor.
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Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct can be considered a “catchall” offense that can be charged for a variety of “illegal” behavior.
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Criminal Mischief

Criminal mischief can be charged in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree depending on the conduct and monetary damages involved.
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Drug Offenses

These victimless crimes yet politically motivated prosecutions can result in penalties ranging from a small fine to long prison sentences.
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Weapon Offenses

Although US citizens have a Constitutional right to bear arms there are still may confusing and stringent restrictions imposed.
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Other Offenses

“Tough on crime” politicians have created hundreds of criminal law violations. Major penalties can often be avoided with an experienced defense attorney on your side.
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