Oregon State Police Officers arrested 28-year-old James Wood last month under suspicion of multiple sex crimes. Police finally caught up with Wood in a rural area in Clatsop County, and were responding to a call from OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers reporting a suspicious vehicle on Burn Road.
Upon investigating the vehicle, troopers found an empty van that had gotten stuck in the mud and then discovered a bicycle track leaving the scene. Investigators followed the track for three miles until the tracks stopped; after searching for some time, officials found Wood hiding in the brush.
Initially, Wood gave a false name and claimed that he has wanted for a traffic ticket. According to reports, Wood eventually identified himself and discovered that he was wanted by Grant County for alleged rape, sodomy, and sex abuse.
Sex crimes convictions can have long-term and far-reaching consequences for people, and as a result, anyone facing sexually related charges should contact an experienced Portland criminal defense attorney in order to start building a defense. People convicted of sex crimes in Oregon may be required to register as a sex offender, which may have adverse consequences for where a person may live or work, and can affect a person’s reputation in the community.
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If you are facing sex crimes or other types of criminal charges, you should contact an experienced Oregon criminal defense lawyer to have the circumstances of your case reviewed. Any problems with the way that an investigation was conducted or any procedural defects in the way prosecutors brought the case could be justification to have the charges against you reduced or even dropped. Especially with crimes as serious as sex crimes, it is important to consult with an attorney experienced in navigating the criminal justice system. As a former prosecutor, Ed Kroll understands how the criminal courts in Oregon work, and is able to bring his significant experience to bear in defending his clients. Mr. Kroll is dedicated to protecting the rights of Oregonians accused of crimes. In order to schedule a free initial consultation, call our office today at (503) 352-9360. If you would like to contact us via email, please fill out our online contact form available here, and a member of our staff will be in contact with you soon.