Umatilla County, Oregon Criminal Lawyers

John Ballard
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Umatilla County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(541) 564-2574 125 SW 3rd St
Hermiston, OR 97838
Criminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
University of North Dakota School of Law
Licensed since 1997 to practice law in Oregon. Serving Hermiston, Pendleton, and surrounding areas since 1999.
Brandon C. Foy
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Umatilla County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(541) 656-6852 165 W Coe Avenue
Stanfield, OR 97875
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Lewis & Clark Law School
I focus on criminal defense and strive to ensure that my clients receive a just and fair outcome. Prior to starting my own law firm I was an associate attorney at Bendixsen Law and served as a Deputy District Attorney with the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office, and as a special prosecutor with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

I have significant courtroom experience on both the defense and prosecution side and have completed many jury and bench trials. During law school at Lewis & Clark I participated in the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic where I represented clients...
William Perkinson Jr
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Umatilla County, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(541) 276-0270 17 SW Frazer Avenue, Suite 246
Pendleton, OR 97801
Criminal
Umatilla County, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(541) 276-3331 222 SE Dorion Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Criminal and DUI
Umatilla County, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(541) 276-2560 125 SE 5th St
Pendleton, OR 97801
Criminal and Personal Injury
Shannon Tissot
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Wasco County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(541) 769-0052 112 W. 4th St.
The Dalles, OR 97058
Criminal and Collections
University of Wyoming College of Law
Wasco County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(541) 296-9601 414 Washington St
City of the Dalles, OR 97058
Criminal, Juvenile and Personal Injury
Wasco County, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(541) 296-2181 106 E 4th St
City of the Dalles, OR 97058
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and DUI
Union County, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(541) 963-3313 1906 4th St
La Grande, OR 97850
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Union County, OR Criminal Law Attorney
(541) 962-0896 115 Elm St
La Grande, OR 97850
Criminal and DUI
Wasco County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
(541) 296-1106 204 E 4th St
City of the Dalles, OR 97058
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Casey R Baxter
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Deschutes County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(541) 306-2060 404 SW Columbia Street
Suite 150
Bend, OR 97702
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Denver
At Baxter Harder, LLC, our founder is devoted to seeing that his clients receive the high standards of professional representation that they need after an arrest or accusation. His experience in criminal litigation includes being a former Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney and prior Treasurer and President of the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Association.

His extensive experience in the courtroom has greatly benefitted those facing a variety of charges ranging from DUIIs to murder.
Kenneth Kahn II
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 28 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...
Jennie Lynn Clark
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Multnomah County, 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
...
Joshua Walter Hunking
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Linn County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 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.
Michael Romano
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Deschutes County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(541) 382-4404 3052 NW Merchant Way
Suite 106
Bend, OR 97701
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...
Garren Pedemonte
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Jackson County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(541) 772-3080 334 South Grape Street
Medford, OR 97501
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Santa Clara University School of Law
I am a litigator and I focus my practice on fighting for you and your family. My goal is to run a professional and effective law firm that can help you with whatever problems life has created. If you have been charged with a crime, if you are under investigation by law enforcement, or if you have been charged with a DUI or other traffic offense, then you should call and speak to me as soon as possible. I am dedicated to your interests and I will be a powerful and effective advocate for you.
Shawn A Kollie
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County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(541) 388-1660 40 NW Greenwood Ave. #100
Bend, OR 97703
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Oregon School of Law
Shawn Kollie focuses on Criminal Defense and Second Amendment Rights across the State of Oregon. Shawn has practiced in almost every county in Oregon and the Federal Courts. Owning his own firm, Kollie Law Group, in Bend, Oregon Shawn represents clients with major felony and firearm cases. With a team of talented attorneys and an in-house investigator every case is a ‘team effort’. Shawn was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduation from Oregon State University, Shawn attended the University of Oregon School of Law. As a third year law student, Shawn interned...
Peter R Tovey
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Washington County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 10 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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Washington County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 5 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...
Brian Patrick Conry
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 37 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 limited group of attorneys nationwide who routinely practice in both the criminal defense area as well as in the deportation defense courtrooms. Brian'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).

Brian has represented clients on criminal cases and/or post-conviction relief cases involving drug trafficking, homicide, sexual abuse, rape, assault, theft and burglary...
Jennifer Robins
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Washington County, 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
Blake Nathaniel Dore
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 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.
Damien Donnelly-Cole
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 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...
Jared Justice
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(503) 722-3981 409 Center Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
Clackamas County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
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 me to dedicate more time to my clients cases, rather than dedicating time for travel.

Year after year this law firm delivers accessible representation, extensive preparation, strong communication, and effective results.

The number one complaint about lawyers is not being able to get them on the phone. I pride myself on not making that mistake. If I am not able to take a call, I always...
MacDaniel E. Reynolds
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(503) 223-3422 3220 SW 1st Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97239
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...
Erin Kirkwood
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(503) 223-3422 3220 SW 1st Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97239
Criminal and DUI
University of Oregon School of Law
After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2002, Erin’s professional endeavors led to an unusual, yet brilliantly diverse background. After years of defending clients charged with crimes, Erin served as an Administrative Law Judge and Pro Tem Judge in Beaverton. She not only understands how attorneys approach law, but also has the first-hand experience of ruling over DUI cases and DMV Implied Consent license hearings. With Erin’s experience, personality, and great rapport with judges and prosecutors, she is an integral part of our RDF team.
Bryan M. Donahue
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County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer
(541) 241-6657 1123 NW Bond St
#101
Bend, OR 97703
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Lewis & Clark Law School
Bryan is dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused and personal injury victims. Beginning his legal career as a public defender, Bryan gained considerable criminal trial experience even before leaving law school. As an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, Bryan believes in fighting for civil justice and insurer accountability.
Bryan Boender
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Lane County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(541) 687-2378 1188 Olive Street
Eugene, OR 97401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Education
University of Oregon School of Law
Attorney Bryan Boender has defended those accused of major crimes, felonies, misdemeanors, and DUII in Oregon's federal, state and municipal courts. Boender has also pursued lawsuits on behalf of individuals into federal court to seek remedies for personal injury and civil rights violations. He also represents college and university students accused of sexual misconduct and student conduct code violations. As a leader, Boender has distinguished himself through his dedication to public service and public interest law. Prior to law school, he served in the active-duty military as a paratrooper with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. As an enlisted infantryman,...
Mark C. Cogan
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(503) 563-7382 1500 SW 1st Ave
#780
Portland, OR 97201
Criminal, DUI, Environmental and White Collar Crime
New York University School of Law
Aggressive Representation Against a Range of Criminal Charges Criminal charges are serious matters. Accusations that qualify as Ballot Measure 11 charges are not only serious, they carry mandatory prison sentences. Our law firm, located in Portland, Oregon, represents clients with a variety of criminal defense needs, including clearing a criminal record through expungement, representation in grand jury investigations and criminal defense in state and federal courts. Our criminal defense lawyer, Mark Cogan, received an AV - Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Rating* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available to attorneys. He is an Oregon SuperLawyer® (only 5% of...
Richard Morgan
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(503) 223-3422 3220 SW 1st Ave
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97239
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Willamette University College of Law
Growing up in Washington, D.C., Richard observed first-hand the real-life differences between those with power and influence, and those without. Against this backdrop, Richard’s family instilled in him both a love for the law, and a value system that prioritizes helping others. Richard graduated from Princeton in 1993 with a degree in philosophy and then spent the next decade gaining in life experience and insights as he worked his way across the country ultimately landing in Portland. He received his law degree in 2006 from Willamette University in Salem. Since then he has worked exclusively as a criminal...
Jeff Jorgensen
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Marion County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(503) 877-4873 675 Church St NE
Salem, OR 97301
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.
Lake James H. Perriguey
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(503) 227-1928 1906 SW Madison Street
Portland, OR 97205
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Law Works is a full service law firm in historical downtown Portland. Lake Perriguey works to bring the best representation to the client. Lake filed the Oregon marriage equality case, Geiger v. Kitzhaber, advancing civil rights for GLBTQ Oregonians. Lake also represented Jamie Shupe, resulting in the first court order recognizing a non-binary individual. Lake has a long history of civil rights success. Lake Perriguey represents clients in a variety of practice areas. Rates vary depending on the case. House calls and alternative meeting environments can also be accommodated when applicable. Whatever your legal interest,...
Shanon Gray
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Clackamas County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 13 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.
Robert Jesse Harris
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(503) 648-4777 650 Northeast Holladay
Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97232
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

Andy Green
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(503) 477-5040 111 SW Columbia St, Ste 1390
PORTLAND, OR 97201
Free ConsultationMultnomah County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
Criminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
“I feel so much better now that I’ve discussed my case with you.” That’s what people tell me after meeting with me for the first time. They feel better because I take a personal approach to the practice of law. I take the time to get to know my clients and the legal problems they are facing. After talking with me, my clients know that I genuinely want to help them. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Portland, I take a lot of pride in doing everything possible to help my clients reach the best possible outcome....
Stephen Palmer
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Yamhill County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 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...
Edward Kroll
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(971) 205-3266 1323 NE Orenco Station Pkwy
Suite 210
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Washington County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Oregon School of Law
I am a former prosecutor who has been focused on criminal defense for the past 9 years. I have extensive trial experience. As one of the partners at Kroll & Johnson, P.C., I promise each client courtesy, care, and results. As a team, we focus on criminal defense, personal injury, and family law. Please look at my website www.portlandcriminallawfirm.com for more information.
Daniel DiCicco
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Multnomah County, OR Criminal Law Attorney with 11 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...
Scott O Carter
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Klamath County, OR Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(541) 882-4504 125 S 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Mr, Carter has been practicing law in Oregon courts for over 20 years. He speaks fluent Spanish. After graduating from law school, Mr. Carter began practicing law in 1995 at Garland and Associates in Hillsboro, Oregon. Two years later, he accepted a position as a Deputy District Attorney I Klamath County- a position he would hold or over seven years. Mr. Carter then opened his private practice,
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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.