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Driving without a license in Oregon can lead to charges

Driving a car is important to many Portland residents. Cars can help people get to work, home or other engagements. Without the use of a car, it can be significantly harder to get around. However, driving a car is a privilege and under certain circumstances, people can lose the right to drive. A driver's license suspension or revocation can happen under many circumstances. When this happens, people are prohibited from driving any motor vehicle unless they have a hardship license or other permit.

If people choose to drive without a license, then they can face additional criminal punishments. Under section 811.182 of the Oregon Code, driving with a suspended or revoked license can be a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the reason why a person lost the person's license to begin with.

What is an expungement?

Since no one is perfect, it goes without saying that people make mistakes. When these mistakes involve criminal charges, the consequences can be serious. A criminal conviction can lead to jail or prison time, large fines, probation and more.

Even after these penalties have been carried out, those with a criminal record can face other consequences. In some cases, people can have trouble finding stable jobs, getting an education or applying for housing can be difficult since criminal convictions often need to be disclosed on applications. Convicted felons can lose other rights including the right to own a firearm and the right to vote following conviction.

Man shot by police in Portland faces criminal charges

An unarmed man shot by Portland police is now facing serious felony charges in connection with the incident. According to reports, the 27-year-old man was shot on Interstate 84 after waving a replica gun at police officers. Police claim that he was shouting at police, asking them to shoot him. Prior to the incident, reports say that he was wandering in the interstate and caused several cars to swerve to avoid hitting him.

In the altercation, the man was grazed in the hip, but survived. His family describes the man as depressed and suicidal. In fact, the man's grandmother tried to get him a mental health evaluation prior to the incident, but the hospital failed to hold him overnight.

With our help, you can understand and fight drug charges

In this recent blog, we helped you understand the difference between the legalization and the decriminalization of marijuana. While this blog post provided some information, it does not even begin to cover everything you need to understand when you are facing drug charges.

Drug charges can be scary and complicated. They often rely on a series of factors that will change depending on the specific charges that a person faces. These charges can also depend on whether you are facing federal or state drug charges. Understanding the complexities is important to crafting the best criminal defense strategy possible.

What is the fine for DUI in Oregon?

With a recovering economy, money is tight for many people. People often don't have extra money to pay for unnecessary expenses. People may turn to cheaper forms of entertainment -- like drinking with friends -- to fill their time instead of more expensive options. However, Oregon residents should be aware that being convicted of drunk driving can lead to financial consequences.

You can be found guilty of driving under the influence if your blood alcohol content level is above the state's legal limit of .08 percent. If you are convicted of DUI, you can be sentenced to a variety of penalties. While many people think of jail time or driver's license suspension, there are also large fines that can accompany a DUI. Many may wonder just how much they will have to pay if found guilty.

Rollover accident leads to DUI charges for Portland man

A car accident in Oregon will often lead to an investigation by police. They police will try to determine why the accident occurred. If they believe that alcohol was a factor in the incident, the driver or drivers could face criminal charges for driving under the influence.

Recently, a Portland man was charged with several criminal charges including DUI following an accident. According to reports, the 36-year-old man was accused of rear-ending a 67-year-old woman while driving on Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove around 12:30 a.m. while he was driving a 1999 Honda Civic. Police claim that following the initial impact, the Civic left the road, hit a sign and landed on its top.

Understanding decriminalization of marijuana possession

There has been a lot of discussion about marijuana use and possession in the news over the last several years. Some states have legalized marijuana -- including Oregon's neighbor Washington -- some states have decriminalized marijuana and others continue to prosecute all marijuana possession cases. Furthermore, the federal government has added to the confusion by continuing to treat marijuana possession as a crime.

The legalization of marijuana occurs when a state removes all criminal charges associated with the drug within the state. This means that people in those states -- including Washington -- will not be punished for the recreational use or possession of the drug. However, there are generally restrictions about the amount of marijuana that can be used, locations where use is allowed and the age of legal participants. Oregon has not legalized marijuana in this way. Neither has the federal government.

What is shoplifting?

Most Oregon residents stop into a store from time to time to do some shopping. In these cases, it can be easy for someone to grab something from the store and inadvertently forget to pay. People can also intentionally leave with items. In these cases, people can face misdemeanor charges for shoplifting. These charges can result in damage to a person's reputation, jail time, fines, restitution and more. These penalties can interfere with a person's life.

Whether they are in a grocery store, clothing store or electronics, people may wonder what constitutes shoplifting. In general, the location does not matter when it comes to shoplifting. Instead, shoplifting charges generally focus on a person's intent. In most cases, in order for something to be shoplifting, the person must have intended to deprive the owner of possession of the item permanently without paying. Furthermore, the person must take or willfully conceal an item being offered for sale.

You need immediate help with felony charges

Under Oregon law, most crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Felonies are very serious offenses that -- upon conviction -- can result in more than a year in prison. However, people may not realize how varied felony crimes are. Felony crimes can include anything from drug charges to charges for sex crimes or theft. Whether something is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony can change the way prosecutors handle a case, and how, if you are charged, you should handle your defense.

From the time a felony charge is brought against a person, prosecutors will begin preparing a case. Prosecutors will use their vast financial resources and professional abilities to ensure a conviction. This will happen very quickly. Within a very short amount of time, prosecutors can amass a great deal of evidence against a particular defendant.

Criminal defense: Oregon felons lose rights to own firearms

There are many consequences, if one is convicted of a felony in Oregon. While there are criminal punishments associated with a particular crime -- including fines, jail or prison time, probation and more -- there are also other penalties. First, convicted felons lose their right to vote. Second, convicted felons may have to report their criminal record on housing and employment applications which can limit future opportunities. Third, convicted felons lose the right to carry or own firearms.

Violating the restrictions on convicted felons -- including the weapons rule -- can lead to additional criminal charges and penalties in the future. For example, a 23-year-old Oregon man was recently arrested on charges of felon in possession of a firearm after a traffic stop.

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