Lafayette, Oregon Criminal Lawyers

Damien Donnelly-Cole
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Facing DUII or other criminal charges can be an embarrassing, terrifying, and intimidating experience. The arrest, the overwhelming legal process, and emotional drain can make you feel confused and abandoned without any... Read More »
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Jared Justice
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Oregon Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

Criminal Defense and DUII Defense in Clackamas County Circuit Court and the surrounding municipal courts (West Linn, Lake Oswego, Gladstone, Canby, and Oregon City) for nearly a decade. Serving my clients locally allows... Read More »
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Michael Romano
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Oregon Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience

Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then... Read More »
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Brian Patrick Conry
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Oregon Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience

When criminal problems and immigration statuses intersect, Oregon and Washington residents all too frequently face deportation that requires immediate legal representation. Brian Patrick Conry is among a very limited... Read More »
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Jefferson Quist
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McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
(503) 472-3313 405 NE Third Street, #4
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, Family, Immigration and Personal Injury
Paula Johnson Lawrence
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McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
235 NE 3rd St
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
Paula Lawrence has 19 years experience in criminal law. She is a former prosecutor and assistant attorney general. She specializes in all criminal cases and appeals.
Carol Fredrick
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McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Attorney
2046 NE Hwy 99W
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Stephen Palmer
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Newberg, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
515 E 1st St
Newberg, OR 97132
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Oregon
Steve has been practicing law since 1994, graduating from University of Oregon Law School where he served on the Managerial Board of the Oregon Law Review. Steve has served as a Municipal Court Judge for the Cities of Newberg, Sherwood, Dayton, Dundee, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville and he is a current member of the Domestic Relations Section of the Oregon State Bar, and the Yamhill County Bar Association. Steve is a managing partner at the law firm, Brown Tarlow Bridges, & Palmer, PC in Newberg, Oregon. Steve's practice focuces primarily on: Family Law including: Complex Dissolutions & Legal Separations, Custody, Parenting Time and...
Elana D. Flynn
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Sheridan, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(971) 237-9438 430 A S. Bridge St.
Sheridan, OR 97378
Criminal
Willamette University College of Law
My passion is representing people accused of crimes, ranging from DUIIs to major felonies, both adults and juveniles. Since I was born and raised in the Willamette Valley and consider this the best place on earth to live, I have focused my practice in Yamhill County for the last 10+ years. I am committed to access to justice for all, so I attempt to offer affordable rates. My office is located directly across the street from the high school in Sheridan, at 430 A S. Bridge St., Sheridan, OR 97378. Please call ahead for an appointment:...
McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(503) 714-4386 1271 NE Highway 99W # 447
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, Civil Rights and DUI
St Mary's Univ School of Law
McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(503) 435-2725 235 E 3rd St
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(503) 472-3313 405 NE 3rd St Ste 4
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(503) 472-0242 2162 NE Grandhaven St
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
McMinnville, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(503) 472-3347 414 NE Galloway St
McMinnville, OR 97128
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Kami White
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Oregon Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience

Lewis & Clark Law SchoolCalifornia and Oregon
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MacDaniel E. Reynolds
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Oregon Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience

We do one thing, and we do it very well – we represent good people facing Oregon DUI charges. Who are the “good people” we represent? Our clients are productive members of society. They are folks with integrity,... Read More »
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Tualatin, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
(503) 692-0608 7070 SW Nyberg Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062
Criminal
Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(503) 648-5591 347 SW Oak St
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
101 SW Washington St
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Criminal and DUI
Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(503) 844-4888 247 SE Washington St
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Criminal
Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
101 SW Washington St
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Criminal, DUI and Estate Planning
Aurora, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
(503) 678-4355 24325 NE Boones Ferry Rd
Aurora, OR 97002
Criminal and Personal Injury
Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(503) 640-0708 101 SW Washington St
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Kenneth Kahn II
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(503) 241-4105 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 2300
Portland, OR 97205
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Your initial telephone conference is free. (503) 241-4105.

I've defended the rights of the accused for over 26 years and handled over 6,000 cases. Rated 10 Best, Client Satisfaction (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys). Rated as one of the Top Lawyers in Oregon for Ethical Standards (2015 and 2016, The Legal Network). Rated as one of the Top 100 Criminal Lawyers in America (2016, The National Trial Lawyers). Ranked in the top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, Oregon (2016, American Society of Legal Advocates).

Rated Excellent by Avvo.com. My experience in court will make your experience...
Michael Romano
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 208-5529 111 SW 5th Ave.
Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then received his Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. While in law school, Mr. Romano clerked for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and developed a taste for trial work. He was then admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2000 and began his career as a prosecutor working in Klamath, Coos, and Deschutes Counties. In early 2006, he then opened his private...
Jennie Lynn Clark
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 238-1010 6501 SW Macadam Ave Suite E
Portland, OR 97239
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000 Member of the Oregon Federal Bar since 2000 Member of Washington State Bar since 2010. I practice in a variety of areas of the law, which is useful when there are overlapping legal issues. We offer a free phone consultation for the following types of cases:
Personal Injury
Motor vehicle accidents
Dog bites
...
Daniel Fan
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Oregon Criminal Law Lawyer

Lewis & Clark Law SchoolOregon
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Douglas Green
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Oregon Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience

Doug loves working with our clients to achieve the best results, whether that means resolving a case through negotiations or taking the case to trial. Even before attending law school, Doug wanted to be a trial lawyer.... Read More »
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John P. Gilroy
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Salem, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(503) 747-7198 280 Court Street NE
Suite 290
Salem, OR 97301
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Oregon
John Gilroy is an experienced and skilled Attorney at Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group. His practice focuses on DUII/Drunk Driving Defense, Criminal Defense , and Personal Injury matters. John has prior experience as a Deputy District Attorney at the Washington County District Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted a broad array of crimes, from misdemeanors to felonies. His work in the D.A.'s office has provided him unique legal insight and knowledge. John is committed to exceptional service and representation for your legal needs.

John received his B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University in 1993. At the University of Oregon,...
MacDaniel E. Reynolds
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Beaverton, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(503) 223-3422 12725 SW Millikan Way
Suite 300
Beaverton, OR 97005
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
We do one thing, and we do it very well – we represent good people facing Oregon DUI charges.

Who are the “good people” we represent?

Our clients are productive members of society. They are folks with integrity, who know right from wrong, and who generally respect the police. I relate pretty well with this kind of person, because this was me, twenty years ago when I was arrested for a DUI.

I’ve combined this personal experience with the years of professional experience I’ve had since as a prosecutor and defense attorney, and I’ve designed the Reynolds Defense Firm to be the firm...
Robert Jesse Harris
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Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(503) 648-4777 165 SE 26th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Criminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Robert Harris is founder and president of Harris Velazquez Gibbens, Law Firm. A medium sized law firm located in Hillsboro Oregon with a second office in Northeast Portland.

Our law firm focuses on litigation, specializing in:
+ Personal Injury
+ Family law
+ Criminal Law and DUII.

Harris Velazquez Gibbens has earned the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent AV rated. Indicating excellence in the legal field and the highest ethical standards, as well as perfect 10.0 ratings from AVVO

Joshua Walter Hunking
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Albany, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(541) 486-5464 425 SW 2nd Ave Suite 101-E
Albany, OR 97321
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
I truly enjoy practicing law and I focus my efforts on ensuring that I am advocating for and achieving the best interests of my clients. Give me a call, you wont be disappointed with the service you receive.
Jeff Jorgensen
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Salem, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(503) 877-4873 1596 Liberty St SE Ste 101
Salem, OR 97302
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Attorney Jeff Jorgensen is an enthusiastic, detail oriented lawyer and tenacious litigator who fights for his clients. While in law school, Mr. Jorgensen interned as a prosecutor for the City of Seattle, handling misdemeanor crimes. After law school Mr. Jorgensen worked for a premier Oregon insurance defense firm, where he honed his litigation skills. In 2016 he founded his firm, Jorgensen Legal, with the objective of assisting his clients in solving their legal problems.
Damien Donnelly-Cole
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(503) 664-3646 333 SW Taylor Street
Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law and DUI
Washington University School of Law
Facing DUII or other criminal charges can be an embarrassing, terrifying, and intimidating experience. The arrest, the overwhelming legal process, and emotional drain can make you feel confused and abandoned without any help. At Stumptown Legal, we want you to know that you are not alone. We are on your side to protect your rights to the fullest. If you or a loved one is facing charges, you need an expert criminal defense lawyer in your corner who truly cares and will be an aggressive advocate. We will not judge you, honest and respectable people make mistakes and need...
Jace D. Cook
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Lake Oswego, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(503) 567-8191 5 Centerpointe Dr.
Suite 400
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Lewis & Clark Law School and Friedrich Schiller University - School of Law
Jace D. Cook, Esq., is the founder, manager, and a shareholder of COOK LAW - There when you need it.® After spending several years gaining experience in multiple disciplines of the law, Mr. Cook envisioned a practice that would treat clients like family by providing a combination of personable legal advice and the strongest representation possible in every case. Having externed and worked for other general practice law firms, criminal defense lawyers, and former prosecutors, Mr. Cook got the inside track on criminal defense representation and trial law. On this experience and "real world" knowledge he built COOK LAW.

Our core...
Daniel DiCicco
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(503) 967-3996 205 SE Spokane St, #337
Portland, OR 97202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Employment and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Daniel DiCicco is a Portland Business Attorney providing full-service legal support including Litigation and Transactional work. Contracts, Business Formation, Capital Raises, and Litigation.

Every successful business will one day face the reality that relationships can go south in a hurry. Partnerships dissolve, employees become disgruntled, vendors can cheat you, and contracts can go unfulfilled. And of course, there are always people out there looking to make a quick buck by filing a bogus law suit against your company.

When that happens, you need an attorney with the experience, skill, and energy to defend your business and to proactively pursue and enforce your...
Jennifer Robins
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Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(503) 648-4777 165 SE 26th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
Portland DUI Attorney http://www.harrislawsite.com/portland-dui-attorney.asp
Rhett L. Bernstein
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(888) 723-5566 1785 Willamette Falls Dr.
Ste. 4
West Linn, OR 97068
West Linn, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
Criminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Rhett L. Bernstein received his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College with a specialized certificate in criminal law and procedure. During law school he clerked for the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office and Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Thom. He prosecuted major felonies as a deputy district attorney in the Willamette Valley before founding his law firm in the Portland area in 2005. He developed his firm to offer specialties in criminal representation, estate planning and probate. Rhett L. Bernstein has provided prosecutorial services to...
Michelle Thomas
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Oregon Criminal Law Lawyer

Michelle Thomas is all about quality over quantity. While this generally gives her a straight-forward, no-nonsense communication style, her inner hipster is lying in wait, ready to spring an in-depth conversation about... Read More »
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Kenneth Stafford
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Oregon Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience

Lewis & Clark Law SchoolOregon
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Blake Nathaniel Dore
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(503) 683-3642 6510 SE Foster Rd.
Suite D
Portland, OR 97202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Lewis & Clark Law School
I am dedicated to your defense. My practice includes the full range of criminal cases including traffic tickets, minor in possession, drug manufacture and possession charges and domestic violence (DV) charges. I also do civil matters such as no contact orders, restraining orders and forfeitures. Having defended hundreds of cases, I have a established a reputation as a zealous advocate for my clients. I focus on reaching the best possible outcome for your case - whether a plea bargain or challenging the charge at trial.
Nathan Piers-VanderPloeg
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
101 SW Main Street, Ste. 805
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationCriminal, Education, Employment and Personal Injury
Oregon State University
Nathan Piers-VanderPloeg is a native Oregonian born and raised in the Portland area. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Linfield College in 2005 and earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in 2011. While working for the Lane County District Attorney as a third-year law student, Nathan tried and won five cases, including a seven count felony jury trial. Following his graduation from law school, Nathan worked as an associate in a general litigation firm, focusing his personal practice on the areas of Employment Law, Personal Injury, and criminal defense. He has handled a...
Shanon Gray
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Lake Oswego, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(503) 902-9377 644 North State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Oklahoma City University School of Law
As the founder of Gray Law, LLC, Clackamas County attorney Shanon Grey offers legal representation to people accused of a crime. For more than 13 years, Attorney Grey has worked in the legal field. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Grey was a prosecutor in Multnomah County for several years. He is a received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri Columbia and his law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. For a free consult, please contact his firm today.
Peter R Tovey
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Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(503) 648-0707 5289 NE Elam Young Parkway
Suite 110
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Criminal, Estate Planning and Immigration
Lewis & Clark Law School
I represent clients in immigration law, estate planning, and criminal defense matters.

My passion for immigration law comes from living abroad for several years. As the son of immigrants, I understand the importance of obtaining professional assistance when seeking immigration benefits such as Employment Authorization, Lawful Permanent Residency and U.S. Citizenship. I enjoy representing international clients from all walks of life and take pride in family unity.

Helping clients design estate plans is both an art and a science. I take pride in assisting individuals and couples wanting to “plan ahead”, preserve assets, and avoid the time and expense of probate. I...
Chris Trotter
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Hillsboro, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(971) 205-5695 6125 NE Cornell Road
Suite 380
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Willamette University College of Law
Providing high quality legal representation to every client is Chris Trotter's first priority. With a strong academic background and extensive trial experience, he is able to help clients navigate their way through the often complex and confusing legal system. It can be very intimidating to get involved in the legal system, particularly when facing criminal charges. Specializing in the areas of criminal defense, DUI defense, gun rights litigation, expungements, and protective orders, Chris can provide you or your loved one with excellent and aggressive legal representation.

Chris has experience in both criminal defense and prosecution. He worked for the Washington...
Alycia M. Herriott
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Salem, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(503) 747-7198 280 Court Street NE
Suite 290
Salem, OR 97301
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Willamette University
Alycia Herriott is an experienced Oregon trial attorney working primarily out of the firm’s Bend office. Alycia’s practice focuses on DUII Defense, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Victim’s Rights in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, and Klamath Counties. Prior to working with Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group, Alycia had ten successful years as a Deputy District Attorney in both Deschutes County and Clackamas County, including time as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Portland US Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, Alycia handled over 100 jury trials, including Homicide, Vehiclular Manslaughter, Measure 11 offenses and DUII’s. Alycia’s extensive knowledge of...
Brian Patrick Conry
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(503) 274-4430 534 SW 3rd Ave Suite 711
Portland, OR 97204
Criminal, Appeals and Immigration
Lewis & Clark Law School
When criminal problems and immigration statuses intersect, Oregon and Washington residents all too frequently face deportation that requires immediate legal representation.

Brian Patrick Conry is among a very limited group of attorneys who routinely practice in both the criminal defense area as well as deportation defense courtrooms. Mr. Conry's work has included litigation before the:

- State court, circuit court, and local Portland and Tacoma immigration courts.
- Appellate courts (State, Federal and Immigration).
- Federal, District (federal trial court level).

Mr. Conry has represented clients on criminal cases and/or post-conviction relief cases involving drug trafficking, homicide, sexual abuse, rape, assault, theft and burglary...
Daniel Fan
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Beaverton, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(503) 223-3422 12725 SW Millikan Way
Suite 300
Beaverton, OR 97005
Criminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
Michelle Thomas
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Portland, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(503) 223-3422 3220 SW 1st Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97239
Criminal and DUI
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michelle Thomas is all about quality over quantity. While this generally gives her a straight-forward, no-nonsense communication style, her inner hipster is lying in wait, ready to spring an in-depth conversation about craft food and beverages, local art, and beachside adventures. As a former prosecutor with extensive experience and training in trial advocacy and criminal law, Michelle immediately knew RDF was a perfect fit. Being well versed in DUII law and how it is evolving in Oregon, she wanted a place where she could make a difference in the lives of good people ready to make positive changes. She truly...
Timothy Felling
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Albany, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(541) 926-1554 221 3rd Ave SW
Albany, OR 97321
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and DUI
University of Oregon School of Law
First a note: If you are under investigation or are facing charges, I encourage you to contact a defense attorney before you speak to anyone else. I strongly believe in the promotion and protection of the Civil Rights guaranteed to all of us under the State and Federal Constitutions. Whether it is my office or another of the fine defense attorneys in Linn County, you need to speak with an attorney and get advice as early as possible in the process to get the best outcome in your case. Call for a free consultation (541-926-1554), and...
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.