Clackamas & Portland Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer


Misdemeanors are crimes deemed by the state of Oregon to be less serious offenses than felonies. There are three classes of misdemeanors that can be punished by the following maximum penalties:

Class A (1 year; $6,250)
-For example: DUII, Assault IV-Domestic Violence, Reckless Driving, Prostitution

Class B (6 months; $2,500), and
-For example: Harassment, Disorderly Conduct II, Certain Drug Crimes

Class C (30 days; $1,250)
-For example: Theft III, Criminal Trespass II, Offensive Littering

Although these crimes are not as serious as felonies, they can still lead to severe penalties and substantial fines.

A common misconception is that misdemeanor crimes are just a “slap on the wrist.” When charged with a misdemeanor you could be facing a license suspension as well as jail time or a substantial fine. For example, a DUII conviction comes with a minimum of 48 hours in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a 1-year suspension of your driving privileges.

The Law Office of Jared Justice has helped many clients charged with misdemeanors. What you are charged with and where you are cited to appear can make a large difference in your case. For example: If you are charged with driving while suspended, you may have a far less severe penalty if cited to appear in Canby or West Linn Municipal Court as opposed to Clackamas County Circuit Court.

A civil compromise is something that should be investigated in many misdemeanor cases. This essentially means that the defendant and alleged victim have come to a non-criminal resolution and both parties wish for the case to be dismissed (keep in mind that it is much more complicated, but that is the general idea). While not all misdemeanor crimes are eligible for a civil compromise, it is an outcome that ends with the charges against you being dismissed.

Some common misdemeanor situations are:

  • Criminal Mischief;
  • Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver;
  • Reckless Driving;
  • Commercial Sex Solicitation;
  • Harassment; or
  • Assault IV.

How are these fought?

Every case is different. Jared Justice is a criminal defense lawyer who fights for clients charged with misdemeanors in Portland, Clackamas County and throughout the Portland area—ranging from the incredibly simple to extremely complex. The Law Office of Jared Justice uses top-tier investigators, extremely qualified experts, and cutting-edge case law to advocate for our clients. We do our best to ensure you understand the obstacles in your case and all potential outcomes for whatever route you take. Whether it is trial, pursuing a civil compromise, a plea, or getting evidence suppressed, Jared and his team are here to help every step of the way.

When charged with a misdemeanor in Portland or any of Oregon’s courts, the first thing you should do is hire an experienced misdemeanor defense lawyer to represent you.


Disclaimer: Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact an attorney. Contact Jared Justice at 503-722-3981 or jaredjustice@me.com.

Jared Justice is available to practice anywhere in the state of Oregon. He focuses on practicing in the following State Courts: Clackamas, Multnomah, Yamhill, Marion, and Washington Counties. He also practices in the following Municipal Courts: Lake Oswego, West Linn, Newberg, Canby, McMinnville, Troutdale, Oregon City, Beaverton, Milwaukie, Gladstone, and just about every other court in the Portland area.