Criminal Defense

Am I going to jail?

It’s all fun and games until someone has to wear an orange jumpsuit. Oregon sentencing guidelines are designed to classify a defendant into a particular category based on criminal history, current charges and any aggravating departure factors. When you’re charged with a Misdemeanor they can carry:

  • Class “A” Misdemeanor: $6,250 fine and/or 1 year in jail.
  • Class “B” Misdemeanor: $3,500 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
  • Class “C” Misdemeanor: $1,250 fine and/or 30 days in jail.

 If you’re indicted on felony charges they can carry:

  • Class “A” Felony: $375,000 fine and/or 20 years in prison.
  • Class “B” Felony: $250,000 fine and/or 10 years in prison.
  • Class “C” Felony: $125,000 fine and/or 5 years in prison.

The Federal sentencing guidelines are even more treacherous with 43 different crime serious levels ranked according to the offense. As you might have guessed the Federal system uses prior criminal history among other factors to find an appropriate length. The fines vary from $10,000 to $500,000, but in terms of prison there are four zones:

  • Zone “A”: Probation and/or up to 6 months including parole.
  • Zone “B”: Minimum 4 months or up to 14 months.
  • Zone “C”: 10 months or to up to 18 months.
  • Zone “D”: (also called the Danger Zone) 15 months up to life.

Unfortunately prosecutors like to play a game called how high can we stack the charges – it’s like jenga, but with a jail or prison sentence. It’s the criminal defense attorneys job to see what can or cannot be negotiated – otherwise it’s headed to trial.

Even if you’ve been charged with what you believe is an insignificant crime it’s worth a consultation with an attorney to at least educate you on what rights are available. 

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Petitions to Restore Gun Rights

Have you been convicted of a felony that prevents you from hunting, carrying a concealed weapon or just being safe in your home? We petition to restore gun rights for those who have lost them. Call today to see whether you qualify and if we can help.

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DUII Defense

Driving under the influence of intoxicants whether alcohol or weed can knock your life off-track quickly. Losing your license, spending time in jail, weeks of community service, and even restitution back to the victim if property or someone was injured. It’s foolish to try and do it alone – consider the cost of an attorney as part punishment for the DUII. Wouldn’t you rather know what’s going to happen to you than guess and hope for the best? Contact my firm today to see whether our firm will take your case.

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Speeding Ticket Defense

Speeding tickets can drastically affect the cost of insurance. Insurance companies see it as a potential risk for a claim, and may substantially raise your rates as a result of the ticket. Though it seems odd to retain an attorney for a speeding ticket, the long term savings on your premium may well be worth it. Call me today to see what the risks going forward might be.

What risks are tickets?