duii and drug offenses

Whether you have been convicted of a first-time DUII or a major felony drug offense, it is important that you understand your rights. Additionally, on certain crimes involving DUII, you may have the right to a diversion. Not only are there important steps, but also important timelines that must be strictly adhered to in these types of cases.

In Oregon, timelines regarding drug offenses are also very important, as Oregon has altered and affected several of the laws and sentences for crimes involving controlled substances. 

Crimes involving sexual misconduct range from misdemeanor offenses to major felonies. Many of these crimes require a minimum amount of prison time, should you or an accused person be convicted. 

 

It is important that you understand your rights if you are accused of any crime involving sexual misconduct. It is also important that each piece of evidence be carefully evaluated and considered.  

The use of a weapon, or even the threatened use of a weapon, in criminal cases can have severe consequences. For instance, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony can result in five-years of mandatory prison time. 

 

In addition, other crimes, such as those charged with domestic violence, can impact or limit your Second Amendment right to own and bear firearms. If you are convicted of a felony crime or any crime involving domestic violence, it is important that you are aware of and understand your rights. 

Property crimes range from misdemeanors, such as trespass, minor theft charges, and criminal mischief, to major felonies, such as burglary. 

 

Some offenses can be resolved through a restitution process—that is, once the property is returned or the value reimbursed, the charge can be dismissed. Other offenses, however, carry major consequences, including lengthy prison terms.  

property crimes

sex-related offenses

weapons charges

measure 11 crimes

Ballot Measure 11 was passed by Oregon voters in 1994 and was aimed at creating mandatory minimum sentences for the most serious offenses. Specifically, it created minimum sentences for murder, 1st and 2nd-degree manslaughter, 1st and 2nd-degree assault, 1st and 2nd-degree rape, sodomy, or unlawful sexual penetration, 1st-degree sexual abuse, 1st and 2nd-degree kidnapping,  and 1st and 2nd-degree robbery.

 

When these cases are brought against an accused, often it is through the process of a "secret indictment," meaning that the district attorney will have done significant investigation leading to the arrest of a person accused of any of these crimes. 

 

If you or a loved one have been accused of any of these crimes, it is important that you speak to an attorney. 

firearms law

When one purchases a firearm, a background check is generally required. The results of that check may deny the purchaser the right to purchase a firearm without any explanation. There are multiple reasons that a person can be denied a firearm.  If you have been denied at a gun store, sports show, or otherwise, contact my office. 

 

Others may want a concealed handgun license (CHL, or often called a "concealed carry permit"). For those with a criminal record, an expungement may be necessary before submitting an application.