Oregon residents likely understand the importance of a solid criminal defense strategy when they are facing serious criminal charges like murder, rape or drug trafficking. A criminal defense can make all the difference in avoiding serious penalties including prison time, large fines and a permanent criminal record.
However, people may not realize that a criminal defense strategy is also important when they have been accused of a misdemeanor offense. People may see misdemeanors -- including shoplifting, traffic offenses, bad checks and others -- as not a big deal. People may be tempted to think that they can deal with misdemeanor charges without the assistance of an attorney.