In 1996 the Oregon Legislature enacted the Repeat Property Offender’s Act (“REPO”) which required prison sentences for people who were convicted of property crimes and who had a prior record of property crime convictions. The prior convictions become “predicate convictions” which initially triggered mandatory sentences of 13 and 18 months, depending on the seriousness of…

Starting on January 1, 2014, any person who was convicted of DUII for a third or subsequent time had their license to drive revoked for life. This included the total of all DUII convictions, no matter how old. However, there is a possibility of petitioning for reinstatement of your license after ten years. Here are…

As a Gresham and Portland DUII lawyer, I actively seek sentencing solutions for my DUII clients which allow them to maintain family, employment, financial and treatment stability while serving alternative “jail” sentences in DUII cases. I negotiate and argue for the best options for my clients. Treatment courts can be a good option for the…

In over thirty years of practicing criminal defense in Portland Gresham and Oregon City, I have changed my approach to criminal cases.  As a young lawyer, I enjoyed the strategy of the  negotiations with the district attorney and the contest of a courtroom trial.  I still enjoy these aspects of my practice, since the competition…

As a Portland Drug Crimes Lawyer, I have seen people get into trouble by acquiring prescription drugs through the internet.  It may seem like a good idea to purchase prescription drugs over the internet or purchase them in foreign countries.  After all, they advertise steep discounts on common drugs and delivery to your home by mail,…

As a Gresham Criminal Defense Lawyer, it is important to understand the structure of the court system in Multnomah County.   The Multnomah County Circuit Court has two courthouses dedicated to handling adult criminal cases.  The primary courthouse is in Downtown Portland on Fourth Avenue.  This building was completed in 1914 and renovated many times over the…

The 2013 legislature made two changes to Oregon’s Diversion Program. The changes were sponsored by the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and the Oregon District Attorney’s Association. As a Portland DUII Attorney I support these changes. Diversion is a deferred sentencing program in which a person enters a plea of guilty or no contest to DUII, but…

In my last blog I discussed the hypothetical client named “John.”  John was prescribed Oxycontin after an on the job injury.  Like many clients, he became addicted to this dangerous drug.  Here is the story of how that happened. John’s Portland, Oregon doctor handed out Oxycontin like candy, raising his dosage over time to the maximum of 80…

As a Portland Criminal Defense Lawyer, I see many people who come by their legal problems as a result of the drug addiction driven criminal behavior.  I see many cases where a client has become addicted to opiates as a result of taking prescribed medication in the course of legitimate medical treatment. Many criminal cases unfold…

In Oregon, certain criminal convictions can be expunged (set aside and sealed) after a period of time.  The rule is that a person must be free from criminal convictions for ten years preceding the filing of the motion, not counting the offense one is trying to remove from a criminal record.  This is an important…