Solicitation & Prostitution: Part 1

Commercial Sex Solicitation and other prostitution-related charges can carry a great deal of social stigma. They have the ability to ruin your marriage, your job, and your future. If you are charged with a prostitution-related sex crime, it is important that you seek out an attorney who is familiar with these types of criminal allegations.

In this two-part guide, we will explain the steps that you should take in order to assure your prostitution attorney has the best chance of success (part one), and explain some of the tools your lawyer can use to help ensure your future quality of life (part two).

Steps You Can Take After Being Arrested

Being arrested for solicitation can be overwhelming. Because of the embarrassment and pressure from the police, it is easy to make a mistake that could hurt your case. If you find yourself under arrest (or under investigation), here are some tips to help you avoid incriminating yourself any further.

  1. Do not agree to any searches

Being arrested for a crime does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted, or that you have to willingly provide incriminating evidence. This is why you should not consent to any search before speaking to a lawyer (especially a search of your cell phone).

  1. Do not make any statements

Again, it is important that you exercise your right to silence. Until you talk to a lawyer, it is hard to know what might be used against you. Additionally, any statement you make could limit the number of options for your defense. It might be tempting to claim it was your first time to attempt to garner sympathy, but don’t, making a statement like that will only hurt your case. Very few people get caught their first time committing a crime. For example, a person will likely drive drunk 80 times before their first arrest. A similar truth exists for those arrested for prostitution related offenses.

  1. CALL A PROSTITUTION ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY

If you are charged with soliciting sex or prostitution, you should immediately get in contact with a prostitution attorney.

Hopefully, part one of two of this blog has helped you understand your rights and how to exercise them should you be arrested for prostitution or commercial sex solicitation. In the second part of this blog, we will examine ways a lawyer can help your defense.

 

3 Big Myths About Drunk Driving That Can Land You in Big Trouble

DUII is a serious issue that affects the lives of millions: accidents, jail time, even death occur on a regular basis as the result of drunk driving.

There are thousands of cases each day that go completely unnoticed; in fact, of the 300,000 drunk driving incidents that occur daily, only 4,000 are caught. On average, most people who engage in drunk driving do so 80 times before being arrested.

But why do so many people drive drunk? And why do they do it so often? One of the biggest problems is that, despite countless campaigns to educate the public on drunk driving, many myths and misconceptions persist amongst drivers.

In this guide, we will bust some of the more common myths:

  • MYTH: A Bite to Eat Will Sober You Up: Many people think that all they have to do to sober up is grab a bite to eat. While food does slow the absorption rate of alcohol, it does nothing about the alcohol already in your system. The only real way to sober up is with time, as the alcohol dissipates from your system.
  • MYTH: It is a Good Idea to Sleep If Off In Your Car: This one is tricky, even for DUII attorneys. That is because there is technically a charge for attempted DUII, but it is not often employed. In order to protect yourself, you should be aware that if you are planning to sleep in your car, you should avoid any indication of your intent to drive.
  • MYTH: You Can Avoid a DUII By Avoiding Liquor: While liquor is significantly more potent than beer or wine, you must keep in mind the volume of what is being served. One 12 oz beer, a normal glass of wine, and 1.25 ounces of liquor all have roughly the same amount of alcohol.

Driving is a privilege, and any who want to retain that privilege should do their best to stay informed about possible pitfalls and dangers. While driving drunk is surrounded by a number of misconceptions, hopefully, you will go forward with a little better understanding.

Jared Justice has built one of Oregon’s preeminent DUII Law Firms. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance, contact us today.

DUII and Ignition Interlock

If you are convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) you can certainly expect to have your driving privileges suspended.  In Oregon, the mandatory suspension of your license for a first offense is one year (at least), in addition to 48 hours of jail time, a minimum $1,000 fine, and many other penalties.

The effect a suspended license can have on your life is significantly more immediate than other repercussions you may face down the line.  Fortunately, you may be eligible for a hardship permit if you get an SR-22 insurance certificate, letter from your employer (or that you are seeking employment), a judicial signature, and you must install an ignition interlock device into your car.

But what exactly is an ignition interlock device, and how is it used?  To help you better understand these requirements, West Linn Criminal Defense attorney Jared Justice put together a guide.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

In the most basic terms, an Ignition Interlock Device is a breathalyzer housed inside your car.  It requires that you pass a breath test in order to even start your car, and periodically do a test as your driving.  These results are then gathered and can be used in court, for example, if you are in violation of probation or in the DUII diversion program.

How Do I Get One?

There are many vendors that install and maintain Ignition Interlock Devices in the West Linn area.  It is generally a good idea to consult with a DUII defense attorney prior to having this installed.  An attorney will be able to help guide you through the hardship permit paperwork, the requirements of a hardship permit, and help you understand the suspension timeline in your particular matter.

Who Pays for It?

You do.  Initial installation can cost between $70 and $150, although there is also a monthly fee ($60 to $80) for the device monitoring and calibration.. All totaled, upkeep can cost roughly $1000 for a one-year period.

West Linn criminal defense attorney Jared Justice specializes in DUII Defense and Diversion Eligibility Issues. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUII, contact us today.

 

Benefits of a Criminal Defense Attorney

The amount of people charged with crimes each year in America cost the U.S. economy roughly $239 billion dollars (without considering the costs of incarceration).  Between the costs of criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, court staff, and judges, this has become quite expensive.  While it can be intimidating to be charged with a crime, and it can be hard to figure out the judicial system by yourself, a criminal defense attorney can be an excellent resource to turn to.

You will want to have the best possible criminal defense attorney to defend you.  Whether you are facing heavy fines or substantial jail time, these legal professionals are here to help.  Here are some examples of how a criminal defense lawyer can help you during your time of need:

  1. They will be able to negotiate with the prosecution to get you the best offer possible. Further, they can explain the likely sentence you would receive if you lose at trial—and they will be able to explain every scenario in between.
  1. They can help you deal with the emotions that often come with criminal allegations. Most criminal lawyers are understanding of how difficult this can be for you, and can usually point you in the right direction for seeking help from therapists and other mental health professionals.
  1. A criminal defense lawyer will be able to research the law surrounding your case, and help you explore certain avenues that you may not have known about if you defended yourself.
  1. They can help advocate for the most lenient sentence available. For example, your attorney can convey to the judge and prosecutor the importance of rehab or anger management counseling, and help persuade the judge impose such a sentence.  For example, the judge may have originally required you to spend time in jail, but with the help of a criminal defense lawyer you could spend substantially less time in jail or no time at all.
  1. A lawyer can help gather evidence and other information from witnesses that could be critical to your defense. Using witnesses can be especially powerful to show reasonable doubt, and an attorney will be able to ask specific questions to hopefully make that happen with ease.

If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney, please do not hesitate to contact Jared Justice today.

Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DUII Attorney

Hiring an attorney to represent you in court is a smart move when facing any legal issue, but it’s very important when you’ve been charged with a DUII. You might not have expert knowledge of Oregon’s DUII laws, which makes the right lawyer an absolute necessity. However, that doesn’t mean you should hire the first lawyer you find in the phonebook or online.

Here are some essential questions you need to be asking during your initial consultation to ensure you’re hiring the right Oregon DUII attorney for your case.

How many years have you been in practice?

If you’re facing DUII charges, you’ll definitely want to work with an attorney who has a fair amount of experience in the field. There’s nothing worse than hiring a lawyer and finding out this is their first major legal experience. If you’re hiring a lawyer in Oregon, they should know a lot more than simply that an individual with a BAC of .08% or higher is breaking the law by driving. You should be leaving your attorney’s office with the confidence that they have significant experience dealing with DUII laws and that they’ll be able to successfully represent you in court.

Who in the office will be in charge of my case?

Going to a larger law firm may have its perks, but it also means some of the lawyers may not have time to dedicate 100% of their efforts toward your case. In the event that this happens, the majority of the work will be handed off to another lawyer or paralegal working with your lawyer. Before you hire any lawyer, make sure you know exactly who at the law firm will be in charge of your case, what their qualifications are, and whether or not they will be your point of contact.

Hiring an Oregon DUII attorney to handle your case is important, but even more so is making sure you’re asking the right questions to find the best attorney available.

 

Taxi Driver’s Dangerous Drive Through Eugene Leads to DUII Arrest

Each day people drive intoxicated roughly 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are actually caught.  Taxi drivers are expected not be a part of those impaired drivers, and to abide by the rules of the road by driving as safely as possible.  An Oregon taxi driver, however, had a different idea.

According to The Register-Guard, a Eugene taxi driver drove extremely dangerously through the city, subsequently leading to a driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) arrest.

In early April, drivers and pedestrians lit up the Eugene 911 dispatch center as a taxi driver drove recklessly across the city.  Fred Brittan Zeiger, 33, of Eugene was reportedly swerving in and out of traffic, struck a median, and hit a parked vehicle before eventually being pulled over by the Eugene Police Department.

Zeiger was booked in the Lane County Jail on charges of DUII, reckless driving, and hit-and-run. Zeiger’s blood-alcohol (BAC) level was .29, more than three times the legal limit of .08.  No passengers were in the taxi at the time of the arrest.

For the majority of first time DUII offenders, they have the option of the DUII diversion program.  If they are not diversion eligible (for whatever reason), the minimum fine is $1,000 with a $255 conviction fee.  If the offender’s BAC was .15% or more, which it was in Zeiger’s case, the initial fine will be no less than $2,000.  In addition to the various fines associated with a DUII, all convicted drivers in the state of Oregon must also be sentenced to a minimum of 48 hours in jail or 80 hours of community service.  Further, they must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and treatment.  A DUII attorney can provide legal assistance in the event of an arrest.

KVAL reports that Zeiger’s taxi certificate has been suspended with the intent to be fully revoked.

“Never had an instance of a driver driving under the influence,” said Jay Mayernik, general manager of Oregon Taxi.  “He had a clean background check and a clean driving record.  I don’t know if we could have seen this one coming in particular.”

Eugene Police added that Zeiger was recklessly driving for more than ten minutes.

“It’s sort of ironic,” added Mayernik.  “One of the reasons this company is out here is to cut down on drunk driving and help give people an option to have a safe ride home.”

A Few of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Oregon DUII Laws

Did you know that the average drunk driver has gotten behind the wheel almost 80 times before their first arrest? It’s pretty scary to think about, but if you’re not aware of current Oregon DUII laws, it can be even scarier.

It’s one thing to break the law, but it’s another not to understand the law, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of intoxicants.  So, to make sure you understand the basics of a DUII conviction in Oregon, here are some of the most frequently asked questions, answered for you.

What’s the difference between a DWI, DUI, and DUII?

To put it simply, there is no difference.  All of those abbreviations are variations of the same offense, which is driving under the influence of intoxicants. People frequently refer to it simply as DUI, DWI, or Drunk Driving, but the proper terminology is DUII.

What are the penalties for a DUII charge?

Penalties for this charge vary depending on what county and court you’re in.  If it’s a misdemeanor DUII, your maximum sentence would be up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $6,250.  The minimum fine starts at $1,000 and can be up to $6,250.  Jail, court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment, and other fines will also likely be penalties.

What should I do if I’m charged with DUII?

The first thing you need to do is find a DUII lawyer.  The more familiar your attorney is with this type of charge, the better.  The last thing you want is an attorney who doesn’t understand the charges against their client.  But above all else, do not waste any time after being charged.  These cases move quickly, and you need to do the same if you want to avoid as many penalties as possible.

Oregon Man Gets DUII Conviction Reversed After Wheelchair Ruling

Drunk driving remains a serious issue in the United States, and the dangers are even greater than many people realize. That’s because drivers who make the mistake of operating their motor vehicles after drinking alcohol don’t just make this irresponsible decision once or twice after a night of drinking. Sadly, an average drunk driver has been drunk behind the wheel roughly 80 times before their first arrest.

But that doesn’t mean that everyone arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a chronic drunk driver. In an extremely unusual case, one Oregon man recently had his bizarre DUII conviction reversed.

In 2012, James Richard Greene was convicted on a DUII charge in Lincoln County after hitting the side of a truck. The only problem, however, is that Greene was not behind the wheel of a car or truck, he was operating a motorized wheelchair.

“We are persuaded that the dichotomy that pervades the vehicle code between pedestrians and operators of vehicles decisively evinces a legislative intention not to subject people in motorized wheelchairs to the DUII statutes when they are traveling as pedestrians in crosswalks,” wrote Judge Rex Armstrong representing the Oregon Court of Appeals.

According to Courthouse News, the Court of Appeals reversed Greene’s ruling and fully acquitted him.  “We conclude that a person using a motorized wheelchair under circumstances in which the person is a pedestrian for purposes of the vehicle code is not subject to the DUII statutes,” added Judge Armstrong.

Because DUII law is so complicated, it’s important for anyone involved in a DUII case to contact an experienced attorney who can help resolve such legal issues.

A DUII attorney can help with a DUII defense no matter the situation, whether you’re a wheelchair-operating first time offender or a repeat offender hoping to avoid jail time.

Although drunk driving is a very serious crime that can result in the loss of numerous innocent lives, everyone has a right to legal representation.  DUII cases can be complicated and difficult to maneuver, and if you aren’t getting proper legal counsel throughout the entire process, you run the risk of being improperly charged or unfairly sentenced.

Greene’s case is the perfect example of why it’s important to work with a DUII attorney in Oregon. Despite being charged and convicted in 2012, he was able to get his ruling reversed. Everyone should have that same chance.

Contact Jared Justice today if you’re in need of a Lake Oswego DUII attorney.

Oregon Assistant Football Coach Resigns Following DUII Arrest

Assistant coach David Reaves, who recently signed a 2-year/$300,000 deal with the Oregon Ducks football team, resigns following his late January arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). Reaves is now facing punishment from the university.

“Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced,” said Rob Mullens, Oregon’s athletic director. “The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness.”

According to USA Today, 38-year-old Reaves was hired a week before he was pulled over by the Eugene Police Department.

The State of Oregon prohibits any operation of a motor vehicle if the driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or above.

Oregon Live reports that Reaves will be arranged on February 13 in Eugene Municipal Court on DUII, reckless driving, and reckless endangering charges. Police officers also stated that Reaves failed to drive within a lane, failed to obey a traffic control device, made an improper left turn, and refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Reaves’ incident is just a few weeks after another Oregon football coach, Irele Oderinde, the strength and conditioning coach, was suspended a month without pay. In addition to Oderinde and Reaves, many Duck players have been in trouble in recent years for intoxicated driving.

Because these DUII situations in Oregon are so dangerous and often complicated, working with a professional DUII attorney is recommended for anyone involved. It is essential to contact an experienced DUII law firm and talk to a DUII attorney in the event of an arrest.

If you’re in the Portland area and need legal assistance after a DUII arrest or any other serious legal matter, contact Jared Justice today.

First Time DUII Offender? Here is What You Need To Know

In Oregon, state law prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle by a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs to a noticeable and perceptible degree.  Even if you are at or below a .08 BAC, you are at risk of getting a DUII if you are impaired.  Knowing when to contact a Clackamas County attorney is extremely important to your DUII defense.

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants is the term used in Oregon and can be complicated for people to understand. Consulting with an experienced Clackamas County attorney can help you understand what you need to know about your DUII charge.

Criminal DUII Penalty

When you are convicted of a DUII for the first time, the judge has to sentence you to either serve jail time (48 hours) or perform community service work (80 hours) at a minimum.  For a first conviction, a jail sentence typically ranges from two to five days. The judge can decide to sentence you to community service in lieu of jail time, but it must not be less than 80 hours of community service.  Often judges will not do this in Clackamas County without some sort of unusual or extraordinary circumstances.

The fines can end up significantly hurting your bank account, especially if you have made the mistake of committing a DUII for a second or third time. For the first conviction, not including a $255 conviction fee, the minimum fine is $1,000.

Keep in mind that if your blood alcohol concentration was .15% or more, the fine will be much higher.

DUII Diversion Program

If you are a first time offender of a DUII, you may qualify for Oregon’s DUII diversion program.  Participants in the program are required to either enter a plea of no contest or guilty to the initial charge, under the law.  Further, they are then required to complete an evaluation, treatment, and the Victim Impact Panel.  There are many other obligations that are conditions of diversion.  A person planning on entering the diversion program should always hire an experienced local attorney to make sure that they are well informed.

If you successfully complete the program within one year, your DUII case will be dismissed, with prejudice.  Keep in mind that more time may be granted to complete everything, if more time is needed.