The Miranda Warning states that any accused person has the right to an attorney, and if they cannot afford one, the state will provide one. Public defenders—lawyers appointed to those who cannot afford one—might be free, but that doesn’t mean they are the best option. According to an article published by PBS, “In the most populous counties, 71 percent of publicly defended clients were incarcerated compared to 54 percent represented by private counsel.”Continue reading “Private Criminal Defense Attorney Versus Public Defenders”
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Approximately 1 in 55 adults in the United States were under community supervision at year-end 2016.” Probation is quite common for people who’ve committed misdemeanor crimes. Your West Linn criminal defense attorney will do their best to get you the best probation terms possible. After that, it is up to you to abide by the rules.Continue reading “10 Common Rules to Follow During Your Probation”
Beaverton DUII lawyers can be expensive, and if you are in a tight spot financially, hiring a lawyer might not even be an option for you. If you have been charged with a DUII, the cost of finding a lawyer can be quite overwhelming. But, no matter what, if you face charges for driving under the influence of intoxicants, you should seek legal counsel. If you cannot afford a DUII lawyer, do not worry. You have options. According to a 2013 article published by The New York Times, “80 percent of state criminal defendants cannot afford to pay for lawyers and have to depend on court-appointed counsel.” With that said, if you cannot afford a lawyer, here are some possible solutions.Continue reading “What if I Can’t Afford A Lawyer for My DUII Charge?”
It used to be that prostitution and other sex crimes existed in an untouchable underworld. But in the digital age, it’s easier than ever to access or become involved in this kind of dangerous and illegal activity. Now, you can merely stumble upon a certain website or Instagram account and find yourself ensnared in a crime. In today’s post, we’ll discuss some examples of how social media is playing a more prominent role in prostitution crimes and some ways you can reduce your risk of ever needing help from a prostitution defense attorney.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUII, chances are that you’re already pretty occupied with thoughts of spending time in jail, hiring a DUII attorney, and the possibility of paying fines, going to court, and dealing with the social, financial, and legal consequences of your actions. There is, however, another point you’ll need to start thinking about: your transportation.
Being arrested can be a terrifying experience for many people, particularly if they’ve never been in trouble with the law before. While you might be an upstanding citizen, you can make a single mistake that can change the course of your life forever. If you’ve made the decision to drink and drive and were subsequently charged with your first DUII, you might be inclined to believe you have nothing to worry about. But in actuality, you must take this situation seriously and dismiss what you think you know about first offense DUII charges and convictions. In today’s post, we’re answering some questions that many first-time offenders have in the hopes that you’ll feel more prepared if you find yourself in a similar situation.Continue reading “Your First DUII: Common Questions Answered”
Choosing to drive while under the influence of intoxicants comes with multiple risks; convictions and fines aside, getting behind the wheel of a multi-ton vehicle when you’re not in possession of all your faculties could cause bodily harm to you or an innocent bystander. No matter what your situation, if you get pulled over and charged with a DUII, you’re going to need a DUII attorney.
In most states, misdemeanors and felonies are the two ways to classify a crime. Some states use a third: petty offenses—otherwise known as infractions. The two major classifications can get confusing, and it can be easy to blur the line between the two. To help you make heads or tails of your predicament, here’s a quick breakdown of the key differences between misdemeanors and felonies.Continue reading “The Differences between Misdemeanors and Felonies”
What is Domestic Violence?
To put it simply, domestic violence is a crime committed by an intimate partner, a family member, or a household member, against the other partner or house member.
However, that is really putting it simply; there is a lot to know about domestic violence and its different levels. There are major differences between felony and misdemeanor domestic violence, and it’s important to note that Oregon does not make the distinction between domestic violence and criminal assault. In fact, they are often paired together. In Oregon, ‘Domestic Violence’ can be used as a modifier attached to criminal charges. Take, for example, a bar fight where one person punches the other—this would be considered “Misdemeanor Assault IV.” However, if a family member punches another family member, that is considered “Misdemeanor Assault IV—Constituting Domestic Violence.” We’ll continue to outline below the specifics of domestic violence and the potential penalties of domestic violence charges.Continue reading “Potential Penalties of Domestic Violence Charges”
There are a lot of things you should think about before walking into the courtroom. Etiquette is of the utmost importance; you will make a good impression, which ends up going a long way. Research shows that human beings form impressions of others in 1/10 of a second.
There are various stated (and unstated) rules of conduct for attendees, litigants, attorneys, and so on. Take a look at these important aspects of good courtroom etiquette.Continue reading “Courtroom Etiquette: What to Wear & How to Act”