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Two same day car crashes result in DUII charges

Washington County, Oregon recently saw two separate car accidents that led to DUII charges for the drivers. According to police, the first accident occurred when a 26-year-old man lost control over his pickup truck. The accident allegedly took place around 4:05 p.m. on Hornecker Road near Cornelius. In the accident, police say, the truck left the roadway and flipped at least once, injuring a passenger. In this case, the driver was charged with fourth-degree assault and DUII. In the second accident, the 25-year-old driver was charged with DUII after he also lost control over a pickup truck. This accident happened around two hours after the first crash, near Gaston. Police say the truck rolled over after the driver lost control. Nobody was injured in that accident. It is unclear why police believe that either driver was drunk at the time of the accidents. To make claims, like these, police must have hard evidence of intoxication. This can include a failed field sobriety test or a blood alcohol test -- including a breath test or blood test -- with a reading over .08 percent.

Even if police have this evidence, they must have collected it appropriately for it to be good enough to use in court. Police have standard procedures that must be followed as they carry out these tests. Even the slightest irregularities can void the test, making the evidence unusable at trial.

What are the types of drug charges involving heroin in Oregon?

In a recent article, this blog highlighted the arrest of one Portland woman for possession of heroin. In that case, police accused the woman of using heroin in her car while her child was present. Many people are likely aware that heroin is illegal in Oregon. However, people may not be aware of the different drug charges that a person can face as a result of heroin.

In general there are three major categories of drug charges involving heroin. The first is possession of heroin. Possession laws apply when a person is found with less than three grams of the drug. Possession of heroin is considered a Class B felony in Oregon. A person found guilty of a Class B felony can be sentenced to up 10 years in prison.

Drug possession charges for woman found with heroin

Portland residents may have access to a variety of drugs. In most cases, it is illegal for people to possess or use these drugs under any circumstances. However, the reality is that people do make the mistake of using drugs and sometimes get caught.

Recently, a woman was arrested in her car at the intersection of Southwest Harrison Street and Southwest Fourth Avenue in Portland. According to police, they receive a tip that the woman was using drugs in the car while her seven-year-old child was in the backseat. Officers claim that they saw the woman injecting heroin when they approached the car. The woman was arrested and taking to Multnomah County Jail following the incident.

Oregon women face various felony charges after arrest

Most people understand the seriousness of felony charges. Many people understand that those found guilty of felony crimes can be sentenced to long prison sentences, large fines, probation and more. Convicted felons often lose other rights too including the right to vote or own firearms. However, many people may not understand the criminal defense options available to those fighting felony charges.

Two Oregon women will likely be exploring their criminal defense options following a recent arrest. According to reports, the women -- ages 36 and 48 -- were arrested in a kitchen goods store. Police claim that during this arrest they found $2,000 worth of stolen goods on the women. This property was taken from other stores. Police claim that the women were part of a retail theft ring that has been operating in the Portland area. In addition to the property, the police claim that the women were also found with drugs during their arrest. According to police, the women were in possession of cocaine, heroin and meth.

Men face murder charges following suspected arson

Three Oregon residents have recently been indicted on serious felony charges. According to reports, the men were involved in a suspected arson that led to the death of a 37-year-old man. Police say that a detached garage was intentionally set on fire. Firefighters were able to remove the man from the garage, but he died later at a nearby hospital.

Following the fire -- which took place in February of 2013 -- an investigation led police officers to believe that it was a case of arson. Because of the suspicions nature of the fire, police have brought charges against three men. Police claim that the motive stemmed from the 37-year-old man's alleged involvement in a theft from one of the men that has been charged. The three men, who apparently know each other, have been charged with various felonies, including first degree arson, third degree assault and felony murder.

Legalized marijuana may increase risk for DUI in Portland

Many Oregon residents understand the dangers and the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. People understand how alcohol can impair a person's judgment and make driving dangerous. However, many people have different views about the recreational use of marijuana. People may not associate marijuana use and driving under the influence.

Oregon man charged with misdemeanor for firework sales

Even when an individual takes precaution to avoid legal issues, they could still be accused of committing a crime. Although a misdemeanor is considered a lesser crime, it still carries serious penalties. A defendant should not take these allegations lightly and should be sure to address the situation appropriately to clear their name or reduce the penalties or consequences that the charges have on their life.

After a report of illegal firework use, Oregon authorities were dispatched to a residential address in Redmond. According to reports, the man suspected of setting off fireworks illegally also had a large amount of illegal fireworks in his garage.

Oregon man facing probation violation for houseguests

When a person is arrested on criminal charges, that person can face a variety of penalties if convicted of the crime. In many cases, people can be sentenced to jail or prison time. They can also be sentenced to fines and restitution, depending on the specific criminal charges that they face. Additionally, many people may also be sentenced to probation.

When a person is on probation, that person is generally out of custody, but has limits on their behavior. The specific terms of a person's probation can vary and may include restrictions on where a person can live, who a person can socialize with or what substances a person can consume. A probation officer is assigned to ensure that these rules are followed until people complete their time on probation.

Officers locate cocaine in car heading to border

When an officer stops a driver, the driver could be subjected to a search. Whether it is at a checkpoint, border or due to a suspected traffic violation, the search could result in criminal charges if drugs are found in the vehicle. Depending on the details of the situation, the driver could face drug trafficking charges and could endure serious penalties. In order to protect their rights, the suspect should investigate to ensure their rights were not violated in the search procedures.

Near Delta Park, Oregon, authorities recently pulled over a driver, and that stop led to a permissive search and the arrest of the driver. According to reports, the Canadian man was presumably on his way to Vancouver, British Columbia, and was traveling through Portland to get to his destination. During his travels, officers pulled over the 28-year-old driver.

Oregon pastor taken into custody for alleged sex crimes

A Happy Valley pastor is in hot water after being taken into custody for alleged sex crimes. Police claim the 64-year-old man, who co-founded the North Clackamas Bible Community, committed three acts of unlawful sexual penetration. Each offense is a Class A felony charge, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of eight years and four months behind bars. Without a strong criminal defense, this man's life may be turned upside down.

Sex crimes are taken very seriously in Oregon and are often aggressively prosecuted. The state often seeks to impose the harshest penalties on accused individuals, which can leave an accused individual afraid of what is to come. Indeed, those facing sex crime allegations have a lot to lose. Mere accusations can damage an individual's reputation, and a criminal conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence, sex offender registry, and a criminal record that may affect an individual's ability to find work and housing.

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