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Tasers or stun guns form an important part of law enforcement’s crime control arsenal, especially as police face increased pressure to use non-lethal force. However, Portland police face possible legal and regulatory ramifications from ongoing misuse and overuse of the technology. Changes in department policy have been aimed at limiting an individual suspect’s exposure to...
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Accusations of crimes involving vehicles carry stiff penalties. Prosecutors like to stack as many penalties on top of each other as they can. If they can charge you with multiple crimes by making alleged incidents seem separate, they’ll do it. We all know the importance of cars to make it in today’s society. If you’re...
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Stories like this one reflect the public’s concern over serious crime, and as media coverage intensifies, the public puts pressure on public officials and law enforcement to “do something.” It’s the kind of scenario where concern can become hysteria, and a prosecutor–who’s seldom rewarded for cases he chooses not to prosecute–may be tempted to cut...
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False accusations of domestic abuse do occur. Almost seven years ago, the Oregon legislature decided to act. Some critics certainly feared that punishing false accusations of domestic violence would have a chilling effect on the reporting of real domestic abuse. No reasonable person condones this violence. However, decent people can be caught in a web...
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Here is a list of mandatory minimum sentences imposed for major crimes covered under Measure 11, passed by Oregon voters in 1994. As you can see, it is no light matter. According to the state of Oregon, there are 6140 people in prison for Measure 11 offenses as of December 1, 2017. (Source: Oregon Department...
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A DUII causes quite a disruption in someone’s life. If you are accused of this, you need an experienced DUII attorney who will fight for your rights. It is important to understand that there are really two stages to the process. The first stage involves the suspension of the driver’s license, under what is known...
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Oregon Attempts to Address Growing Prison Populations Signed August 8, 2017, Oregon House Bill 3078 attempts to address the state’s growing prison population with some common sense solutions that will benefit the people of Oregon and low level offenders.  This bill aims to change the sentencing guidelines for property and drug possession crimes and move...
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Drug Possession in Oregon May No Longer be a Felony In August of 2017, Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2355 into law.  House Bill 2355 will allow people caught with small amounts of drugs to face misdemeanor charges rather than the previous felony charge.  The change is aimed at decreasing prison populations for small first...
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Oregon May Abandon Grand Juries in Favor of Pre-Trial Hearings Multnomah County, Oregon will be making a huge shift in how the District Attorney will prosecute cases.  According to Conrad Wilson, reporting for Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Multnomah County District Attorney will abandon the traditional Grand Jury proceedings and replace them with preliminary hearings for...
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Many people facing criminal charges are full of questions, many of them having to do with jail and prison. While the prospect of jail or prison can be overwhelming and scary, it is important to realize what you realistically may be facing and take steps to prepare yourself. In many cases, a conviction of a...
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