Salem, Oregon Criminal Defense Attorney

Our criminal defense attorneys at our law firm in Salem are often contacted by individuals seeking our advice when initially charged with or suspected of committing a crime. Most of our clients want to know what they should do when confronted by the police. This question can be answered thus:

 Harold William Gunn (Robert’s Father, Marc’s Grandfather) once said:

 “If you are charged with stealing a Church, and they catch you running down the street with the steeple sticking out of your pocket, don’t admit anything until I get there.”

 This was good advice then, and is good advice now.

 Under the Constitution of the United States, you have the right to remain silent . . . exercise it.Criminal Defense Attorney in Salem & Portland Oregon Often when being investigated by law enforcement as a suspect in a criminal investigation, it is best to say nothing at all. Do not respond to the frequently used line “If you are not guilty, why do you need an attorney?” Police Officers are trained in investigation and interrogation. They are masters of obtaining confessions. This is what they are paid to do, and this is what we expect them to do. Regardless of education or experience, an individual being investigated for a crime is at a serious disadvantage. Even if you are certain that you are “innocent,” you should still politely decline to answer questions regarding the matter, and instead tell the investigating officer that you wish to “invoke your right of silence” and wish to have an attorney present before answering any questions.

 This does not mean you will not be arrested or that the matter will simply go away. Sometimes that happens; sometimes the individual is still arrested. However, the chances of a successful defense are markedly increased if the individual being investigated remains silent until after speaking to an attorney.

Our attorneys have experience with a broad range of criminal cases. We assist individuals charged with all types of misdemeanor or felony crimes. Some of the cases we have handled for individuals include:

 Property Crimes, including:

  • Theft (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  • Theft by deception
  • Theft by extortion
  • Theft by receiving
  • Burglary (1st degree, 2nd degree)
  • Criminal Trespass (1st degree, 2nd degree)
  • Possession of burglary tools or theft device
  • Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle (UUMV)
  • Arson (1st degree, 2nd degree)
  • Reckless Burning
  • Criminal Mischief (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  •  Forgery, Fraud and related crimes, including:
  •  Forgery (1st degree, 2nd degree)
  • Fraudulent use of a credit card
  • Negotiating a bad check
  • Making a false claim for health care payments
  • Identity Theft

Assault and related crimes, including:

  •  Assault (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree, 4th degree)
  • Menacing
  • Strangulation
  • Harassment
  • Recklessly Endangering
  • Criminal Mistreatment (1st degree, 2nd degree)
  • Robbery (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)

Obstructing governmental administration crimes, including:

  • Tampering with a witness
  • Interfering with a peace officer
  • Interfering with a firefighter
  • Resisting arrest
  • Hindering prosecution
  • Criminal impersonation of a police officer
  • Initiating a false report
  • Official misconduct (1st degree, 2nd degree)

Sex Crimes, including:

  • Rape (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  • Sexual Abuse (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  • Sodomy (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  • Unlawful Sexual Penetration (1st degree, 2nd degree)
  • Contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor
  • Public indecency

 Family Related Offenses, including:

  •  Child Neglect (1st degree, 2nd degree)
  • Endangering the welfare of a minor

 Traffic Crimes, including:

  •  Driving Under the Influence (DUI, DUII, DWI)
  • Driving While Suspended
  • Attempt to Elude
  • Reckless Driving

Drug and Alcohol Related Crimes, including:

  • Possession of Controlled Substances
  • Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substances
  • Possession / Distribution / Manufacture of marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine
  • Unlawful delivery to minors
  • Unlawful sale / purchase of alcohol to / by minors
  • Minor in possession of alcohol (MIP)
  • Tampering with drug records

 Other Crimes, including:

  • Giving false information to a police officer
  • Coercion
  • Witness Tampering
  • Computer Crimes
  • Encouraging Child Abuse (child pornography) (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  • Stalking
  • Violation of Restraining Order
  • Animal Abuse
  • Unlawful possession of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a weapon
  • Wildlife violations
  • Hunting and Game violations
  • Racketeering