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Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer

Misdemeanors are crimes deemed by the state to be less serious 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 lead to severe penalties and substantial fines.

A common misconception is that misdemeanors 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.

We have helped many clients charged with misdemeanors. Depending on 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 looked into in many misdemeanor cases. This basically 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 than this, but that is the basic idea). While not all crimes are eligible for this, it is an outcome that ends with the charges against you being dismissed.

Some common 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. We have fought for clients charged with misdemeanors that are incredibly simple to extremely complex. This firm 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, we are here to help every step of the way.

When charged with a misdemeanor the first thing you should do is hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you.

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An experienced criminal defense attorney in misdemeanor cases makes a difference. Call today to set up an appointment for a confidential consultation.

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

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.

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