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Investigation leads to arson and assault charges for Portland man

Before prosecutors can try a case against someone accused of a crime, police need to conduct a complete investigation of the criminal incident. These criminal investigations can be time-consuming, invasive and damaging to anyone accused of a crime. Investigators are often trained to get the most information as possible out of someone, and everything a person says or does during a criminal investigation can be used against them during a trial in an Oregon court.

Criminal investigations will often lead to criminal charges for the accused. This was the case recently for one Portland man. The man was recently arrested and charged with criminal mischief, arson and assault.

According to police, a fire at a local car dealership was caused by arson. The fire apparently started around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 28. Officials claim that several cars were burned and at least three cars were completely ruined. The same dealership had also experienced vandalism earlier in the week.

The investigation has been ongoing into who started the fire and why. The owner of the business had been talking to investigators prior to the man's arrest.

It is not clear at this point why the man was also charged with assault. In any case, this man will now be subjected to criminal proceedings and could face a prison sentence.

The long-term consequences of criminal investigations, as seen in this case, make it imperative that those accused of any crime have a proper criminal defense strategy from the beginning of the investigation. If people wait until charges are brought to defend themselves, it could be too late to avoid the serious consequences of a criminal conviction.

Source: Fox 12 Oregon, "Man arrested for suspected arson at automotive shop," Aug. 29, 2012

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