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April 2014 Archives

Resident of The Dalles faces multiple felony sexual abuse charges

Accusations of sexual crimes bring the possibility of lengthy prison terms and mandatory registration as a sex offender, both of which can substantially damage an Oregonian's reputation and put him or her in jeopardy of misguided community actions. Any resident facing sex crimes charges should deal with the situation immediately by securing the services of a qualified legal professional who can tackle the charges head-on.

Two people face drug charges after traffic stop arrest

Drug-related criminal charges can lead to serious penalties. However, the real damage is the blemish in a suspect's reputation as well as the emotional distress it brings to a suspect's family and friends. For this reason, a Portland, Oregon, resident facing drug charges should address the situation immediately so proper legal remedies can be applied.

Former Oregon police lieutenant faces criminal charges

Criminal accusations can have a negative impact on the personal and professional life of a Portland, Oregon resident. However, for residents who made significant contributions to the community, the impact can be magnified. A former police lieutenant is in such a situation.

The Death of Justice

Recent reveleations in the Joey Pedersen/Holly Grigsby federal murder trial have revealed just how far the U.S. government will go in order to secure a conviction. In a blatant and outrageous trampling of Constitutional rights as guaranteed to all of us by the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments, the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon authorized the interception and review of confidential communications between Mr. Pedersen and his defense team. You can read about it here.

Oregon crabber faces charges for allegedly dumping mink carcasses

Any crime that has some element of danger to individuals or the public is likely to be classified as a felony by a legislature at some point. Most people think of certain acts that threaten or take life or property as felony crimes, but creating a public nuisance that has the potential to threaten human or animal health or the environment on a large scale can also become felonies.

Former Oregon cheerleader faces sex crime accusations

Criminal accusations can tarnish a Portland, Oregon, resident's reputation. Among the numerous criminal allegations that could tarnish a reputation, sex crime accusations seem to be the most damaging and provide substance for public ridicule. A resident facing such allegations should act immediately to clear the person's name.

Arbitration can be excellent alternative to Trial

Particularly in soft tissue cases, the cost of getting your case to the jury can be so high that any verdict/award is negated by your costs.  Aside from daily fees payable before each day of trial, the greatest cost for an injured plaintiff is the expense of an expert medical professional.  In order to recoup expended treatment costs, and potential win money to pay for future required treatment, a testifying physician is absoultely necessary.  Fees for a doctor to break away from his or her practice (and other patients) to spend start around $4,000 and can often rise to as much as $10,000.

Feds vote to reduce drug sentences

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to amend the federal sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug charges. Read the press release here. In general, the amendment would work a two level reduction in current offense levels based on the amount of the particular drug involved.

Utility company expects criminal charges for 2010 blast

Compared with state-level crimes, some federal crimes come with significantly tougher penalties on conviction. Any defendant, whether from Oregon or some other state, will spend more time in prison and pay more in fines.

Oregon couple faces charges after drug bust

Oregon, like most states, has strict laws when it comes to drug-related offenses. Laws of this kind typically mean severe consequences including costly penalties and a lengthy jail sentence for residents who are convicted of drug charges. On the other hand, residents facing accusations of this kind risk tarnishing their reputation and compromising their current job or future employment opportunities if they fail to address the charges immediately.

Two Oregon women face burglary allegations

Here in Portland, Oregon, as in most states, a conviction for criminal charges means serious penalties and a possible prison sentence. A criminal record can have a negative impact on the personal and professional life of a resident. For this reason, the accused is advised to do whatever is legally possible to be free of the charges. Two Lebanon, Oregon women accused of burglary may wish to take such advice into consideration.

Trial of athletic trainer accused of sex crimes set on May 1

Unlike other criminal charges, sex crime accusations seem to carry more weight for the Portland, Oregon accused. Allegations are more damaging to the personal reputation of the accused. The professional life of the accused can be damaged as well.

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