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Reducing a Felony to a Misdemeanor in Oregon

At James O’Rourke, our attorney can work to reduce your felony charges or convictions. This can be beneficial in numerous ways, which we explore below. Read on for information about reducing felony convictions to misdemeanors and how we assist in the process. If you have questions about your situation, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation. We would gladly provide the information you need and discuss what we can offer you. 

Call (503) 506-2836 or contact us online. We represent clients in Portland and other cities in and around Clackmas County, Multnohmah County, and Washington County. 

The Ways to Reduce Felony Charges in Oregon

Felony charges are not set in stone. There are numerous ways our attorney can reduce them to misdemeanors or have them dropped or dismissed. One common method is a plea bargain, which is an agreement to submit a guilty plea in exchange for lesser charges. 

Here are two other methods:

  • Diversion programs: You may be eligible to participate in one of Oregon’s diversion programs if you are facing drug or driving under the influence of intoxicant (DUII) charges, among others. Upon completing diversion, courts could dismiss them.
  • Undermining felony charges: With 40+ years of practice under his belt, our attorney is as skilled as they come in the courtroom. He is an aggressive defense lawyer who can counter the prosecution’s arguments and combat evidence to demonstrate why a felony charge is excessive.

What Felony Convictions Can You Reduce?

Oregon law allows you to reduce various Class C, B, and A felonies

These include:

  • Any Class C felony, such as third-degree assault or a third DUII offense
  • Class B felonies for marijuana possession or delivery
  • Class B felonies for controlled substance possession or delivery
  • Class A felonies for unlawful racketeering

Our Process for Reducing Felony Convictions

We can help you understand whether it is possible to reduce your felony charges first and then guide you through the process. 

This involves:

  1. Consulting our defense attorney about your situation to understand your options for filing a reduction motion
  2. Filing a motion in the county court where you were convicted, be it Multnomah or any other in Oregon
  3. Advocating for your rights and arguing your case in court

Benefits of Reducing Felony Convictions & Charges 

The benefits of reducing felony charges during the criminal process are immediate. Misdemeanor offenses generally come with lighter penalties, meaning lesser fines and the reduction or elimination of jail time. 

If you have been convicted of a felony, there are potentially life-changing benefits of reducing your conviction to a misdemeanor. You may gain employment opportunities, become qualified for professional licenses, and restore your right to vote or own a gun. Additionally, you could improve relationships and reduce the effects of stigmas, making it much easier to move ahead with your life. 

Let Us Help You Turn a Negative into a Positive

Contact James O’Rourke to schedule a free consultation to explore your options for reducing a felony charge or conviction. Over the years, we have helped countless people turn negatives into positives. We would gladly do the same for you.

Reach out online or give us a call at (503) 506-2836

 

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Benefits of Reducing Felony Convictions & Charges 

The benefits of reducing felony charges during the criminal process are immediate. Misdemeanor offenses generally come with lighter penalties, meaning lesser fines and the reduction or elimination of jail time. 

If you have been convicted of a felony, there are potentially life-changing benefits of reducing your conviction to a misdemeanor. You may gain employment opportunities, become qualified for professional licenses, and restore your right to vote or own a gun. Additionally, you could improve relationships and reduce the effects of stigmas, making it much easier to move ahead with your life. 

Let Us Help You Turn a Negative into a Positive

Contact James O’Rourke to schedule a free consultation to explore your options for reducing a felony charge or conviction. Over the years, we have helped countless people turn negatives into positives. We would gladly do the same for you.

Reach out online or give us a call at (503) 506-2836

 

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