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Impounding a vehicle following a Portland DUI arrest

When an Oregon resident is accused of Driving Under the Influence, the person can face serious criminal charges. If the person is found guilty on those charges, the person will face penalties. There are many different penalties associated with drunk driving charges. These penalties can range from jail or prison time, to large fines and alcohol education classes. These penalties are meant to punish people for driving over the influence and deter them from committing the offense again.

If people have multiple DUI convictions on their record, the penalties are increased. In these cases, people may also find that the state impounds their car. This generally happens through a civil process. An appeal is generally available.

DUII charges against man dropped after Portland accident

Drunk driving is a serious offense in Oregon. Portlanders accused of drunk driving can face serious and life altering penalties. These penalties are very serious when the arrest occurs following a car accident or injury to another person. However, it is important for Oregon residents to remember that not everyone that is accused of drunk driving will be charged with a crime. Additionally, not everyone who is charged with a DUI will be convicted, even following an accident.

For example, police and prosecutors in Multnomah County are still trying to determine if one man should be charged with DUI, following a recent accident. In this case, the 63-year-old man is accused of hitting another man with his car. The accident took place as the other man crossed Northeast 60th Avenue in Portland. Seven days after the accident, the man died as a result of his injuries.

What are common Oregon criminal defense strategies?

When Oregonians are facing criminal charges, it can be difficult for them to know what to do. Oregon residents may be scared about their future or angry about the charges. Those charged need to their criminal defense options as they are entitled to present a defense to tell their side of the story.

There are several common criminal defense strategies that could be employed in any given situation. This blog post can only provide general information about these strategies. An attorney, on the other hand, can give specific legal advice about a person's best options in a given situation.

We can help Oregonians understand felony charges

From the moment an Oregon resident is arrested, police are gathering evidence against them. In fact, police may have evidence that they could use against a person, even before an arrest is made. This evidence can be used in court to get a conviction that would lead to serious criminal penalties. As police obtain evidence against a person, there is no one looking out for that person's own interests.

Felony charges are very serious. This is particularly true for Measure 11 crimes. They can result in serious criminal penalties, including the loss of freedom, financial consequences and a damage to a person's reputation. A criminal record can make it difficult for people to obtain employment, housing or schooling, following the ordeal.

Oregon eyewitnesses and suspect identification

When Oregon police are investigating a crime, they will look to a variety of sources to try and determine what happened. In some cases, photographic evidence may exist. In others, physical evidence may be found at the scene. But, in many situations, police must rely on the statements of eyewitnesses. These are people who may have seen or heard the alleged criminal activity taking place.

However, it is important to remember that eyewitnesses are no different than any other person. They make mistakes, remember things wrong or just do not remember what happened. Police will do everything they can to get the information they need from an eyewitness to get a criminal conviction.

What is an Oregon criminal conspiracy?

When Oregonians think about being charged with a crime, they likely think about charges for an actual crime that has been committed. However, there is another category of crimes called conspiracy. In a recent blog post, this blog discussed the case of an Oregon man that was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder. This may have left you questioning -- what is Oregon criminal conspiracy?

A conspiracy is essentially a plan between two or more parties. While people make plans all the time, this is a plan to break the law in some way. When people come up with a plan to commit a crime, they may be committing conspiracy.

Men face felony charges for alleged Portland shooting

Of all the different types of felony charges, murder charges are some of the most serious in Portland. The penalties associated with felony murder charges far outweigh many other types of crimes. Charges of this nature are often taken very seriously by police and prosecutors. Therefore, investigations can take months or years before charges are actually brought.

Recently, a grand jury has brought murder charges against two men in Portland. In this case, the two men are accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting that took place last June. In the shooting, a 24-year-old man was killed. Now, more than a year after the shootings a grand jury has indicted the men. However, police have been careful not to release information about the case or why the men are suspected as being involved.

Federal drug schedules and their meanings in Oregon

Drug charges are not only an Oregon crime. Federal law also addressed the illegal use, possession and distribution of certain substances. Under federal law, substances are classified into different schedules. Depending on the schedule that a particular drug has been placed in, the severity of the charges can vary.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration(DEA), there are five schedules that a drug can be placed into. The first schedule is Schedule I. These are the most dangerous drugs and those without an accepted medical use. They include heroin, marijuana, ecstasy and others. These drugs are considered highly addictive.

Without a defense, hard drugs can lead to hard time

There are many different types of illegal drugs. And, every drug is not treated the same. As we discussed in our last post, methamphetamine is one type of drug that people can face criminal charges for using or selling. Methamphetamine, in particular, is a Schedule II drug under federal laws. This classification changes the consequences that a person could face if convicted of drug charges. Each drug has a similar classification under federal and state law.

Certain "hard" drugs, have much more serious consequences than others. Charges involving methamphetamine, for example, have much more severe penalties than marijuana charges.

What is methamphetamine?

The state and federal governments regulate certain consumer products and goods. In addition, governmental authorities have the right to ban certain products from the marketplace. These agencies use this power to ban certain drugs. Under state and federal laws, therefore, the production, consumption or sale of certain illegal drugs can result in criminal penalties.

It is important for Oregon residents to know when a substance is illegal so that they avoid drug charges. Some drugs like marijuana, heroin and cocaine might be easy to identify, whereas, other newer drugs are more difficult.

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