New Crimes Eligible for Expungement
201512.18
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New Crimes Eligible for Expungement

Oregon expungement law is about to change in a big way. Many people with Oregon Class B felonies for drug possession, delivery, and other crimes will suddenly become eligible for expungement on January 1, 2016. Under current law, people who possessed or delivered Schedule I drugs were told they could not expunge their felony for…

How to Keep the Police off Your Land
201508.15
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How to Keep the Police off Your Land

A police car follows you down your driveway. An officer peers through your home’s windows. Sheriffs hike across your property looking for evidence of a crime. It is under your control whether these and similar intrusions are allowed. Keeping the police out of your house is easy. Keeping them off your property is more difficult. Your…

New Expungement Eligibility in Oregon
201506.16
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New Expungement Eligibility in Oregon

People with all levels of marijuana felonies can now be eligible for expungement due to passage of  Bill 364 . If you were told in the past you could not set aside your Oregon criminal record, it is time to look again. On June 8, 2015 the law changed for past marijuana crimes, ordering the expungement judge to…

About Oregon’s Rights Restoration Procedures
201501.30
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About Oregon’s Rights Restoration Procedures

A lot of law-abiding citizens have felony records and they would like to get their gun rights back. Gun rights restoration allows people to hunt and protect their families. The failed ‘war on drugs’ did little more than drag a lot of good people down and leave a lot of felony records in its wake….

Controlling the Internet Footprint of Client Matters
201411.07
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Controlling the Internet Footprint of Client Matters

With some twenty thousand people attending the University of Oregon and other area colleges, we are all likely to see some students in our legal practices. I enjoy my work with college students because they are at an optimistic time in their lives when almost anything seems possible. Then a legal matter comes along. Missteps…

Six Things to Consider Before Entering a Diversion or Deferred Prosecution
201409.11
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Six Things to Consider Before Entering a Diversion or Deferred Prosecution

Diversion, or deferred prosecution, is an agreement with the court that results in a dismissal of a charge or charges if a set of tasks is completed. Diversion is most commonly thought of in relation to Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), but deferred prosecutions can be for any number of criminal charges or violations….

Ashland Police Tempt to Prison, not Jail
201409.05
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Ashland Police Tempt to Prison, not Jail

Ashland police are using a $1,500 bait bike to tempt people to steal. When people attempt to take the unlocked bike it is felony theft, so they go to prison, not jail. Felony theft in the first degree carries a maximum prison term of five years. Ashland made nationwide news with its top-end bike because…

Seven Tips for a Successful DUII Diversion
201408.08
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Seven Tips for a Successful DUII Diversion

Many drivers who get a first DUII in Oregon are eligible for “diversion.” Diversion is a one-year legal proceeding the driver enters into. If the driver completes several tasks ordered by the judge, including treatment, the DUII charge will be dismissed. If the tasks are not completed the driver will be automatically convicted of DUII…

Ignition Interlock Devices will have Cameras
201407.30
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Ignition Interlock Devices will have Cameras

Next month Oregon will adopt new rules regarding the types of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) required in vehicles. Currently, every person who has been involved in a DUII within the last year or more is required to install an IID. The new rule will require them to have cameras. It states: “Beginning June 1, 2015,…

Unsuccessful attempt to purchase a firearm will get investigated
201407.28
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Unsuccessful attempt to purchase a firearm will get investigated

It was reported this week that Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber ordered the State Police to investigate instances of unsuccessful purchase of a firearm. Kitzhaber is now requiring the OSP, which conducts screenings of people seeking to purchase firearms, to investigate every time someone tries to buy a gun from a dealer and fails a background…