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Eligibility for Expungements Expanded

The Oregon Expungement laws received a massive overhaul during the 2021 Legislative Session, and the changes are in favor of clearing an individual’s criminal history more easily. The new expungement law went into effect on January 1, 2022. This blog post gives a brief overview of the changes to the Oregon expungement law. Eligibility for […]

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Why Should I Hire You even If I Qualify for a Public Defender?

On occasion, a potential client meets with us after already receiving a court-appointed attorney. In almost every consultation of this sort, they want a second opinion because they do not completely agree with the advice of the court-appointed attorney, or they do not want a public defender. This article is intended to help potential clients understand the […]

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Guidelines from the Standardized Field Sobriety Test Manual (“SFST Manual”)

The process of a DUII investigation is usually very predictable. Most officers will follow guidelines from the Standardized Field Sobriety Test Manual (“SFST Manual”) developed and published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). This post is meant to briefly discuss the process law enforcement officers in Oregon typically follow in a DUII investigation.  […]

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Non-Alcohol DUIIs and Your Gun Rights

As we have discussed before, marijuana DUIIs have risen in Oregon since the legalization of recreational marijuana. With the passage of Ballot Measure 110 (see prior blog post), it is possible that other non-alcohol DUIIs may increase in the coming months and years. For many of these non-alcohol DUIIs, the offender is eligible for the […]

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Bankruptcy, the Automatic Stay and Repossessed Property: Effects of City of Chicago v. Fulton

In its first opinion of 2021, the United States Supreme Court resolved a disputed issue in bankruptcy law regarding the automatic stay and its effect on repossessed property. This article is meant to deconstruct the Supreme Court’s opinion in City of Chicago v. Fulton, 592 U.S. ___ (2021) and explain what it means for debtors. The […]

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Understanding Oregon Ballot Measure 110 Oregon’s “new” Drug Possession Law

On November 3, 2020, Oregon voters passed Ballot Measure 110, which decriminalized the possession of certain amounts of controlled substances. However, there is some confusion about what this means as far as current and future regulations of controlled substances. are some who are misunderstanding the effects of this measure, some believing that they can possess […]

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Non-Alcohol DUIs and the Drug Recognition Expert/Evaluator (DRE)

Since Oregon legalized recreational marijuana use in 2014, there has been a significant uptick in the number of non-alcohol DUI cases throughout the state. As expected, defense attorneys like us see prosecutors relying more and more on the opinion of the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) during non-alcohol DUI trials. Drug Recognition Experts are individuals—almost all of […]

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Hope for DUII Diversion Cases

Many individuals who face their first DUII charge elect to participate in Oregon’s Diversion program. Those who successfully complete the DUII Diversion have the criminal charge dismissed. To successfully complete a DUII diversion program there are multiple requirements imposed by the court. Those requirements include: (a) payment of diversion fees, (b) completion of a victim […]

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