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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.

Oregon woman faces felony charges for child assault

A 40-year-old woman faces felony charges in an Oregon court after the alleged murder of her daughter and the attempted murder of another daughter. According to police, the woman checked in to an Oregon resort with her 2-year-old and 13-year-old daughters in late July. Three days after entering the room, a cleaning crew found the girls. According to police, when the cleaning crew found the 13-year-old, her neck was slashed. However, the girl was still alive. The 2-year-old was apparently found drowned in the bathtub.

Implied consent and field sobriety tests in Oregon

In order to make an arrest for driving under the influence, Portland police must have evidence that the person is intoxicated. To gather this evidence, police will often perform one or more blood alcohol content level tests. These tests can include breath tests, blood tests or field sobriety tests. Unlike breath tests or blood tests, a field sobriety test cannot read the exact amount of alcohol in a person's blood. Instead, the test measures certain behaviors and reactions that can suggest that a person has been drinking.

Ten arrested on drug charges in Southeast Portland

Multiple law enforcement agencies can be involved investigating a person for criminal behavior. When this occurs, every person involved in the investigation must respect the person's constitutional rights during the investigation. This means that inherent right to privacy must be respected and that police must obey search and seizure rules -- including executing a search warrant before searching a person's home.

Portland police officer arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

Police in Portland, Oregon, will arrest anyone they believe is driving under the influence. As a recent case shows, this also includes members of their own force. According to police, a 43-year-old sergeant with the Portland Police Department was recently arrested for DUI. Police claim that the arrest took place after the man supposedly crashed his 2014 Jetta into a yard, fence and fire hydrant, causing $5,000 worth of damage on 190th Drive at around 10:00 a.m.

Police increase enforcement on Portland's sidewalks

In the warm summer weather, Portland streets can be packed with all sorts of commuters. People may be on their way to work or a recreational activity and may not even be aware that they are breaking the law. According to reports, there has been an increase in the number of people who are using skateboards and bicycles on Portland's sidewalks. Police say this creates hazards to pedestrians who are also using sidewalks.

Brothers brought back to Oregon to face sex crime charges

When felony charges are levied against an Oregon citizen, police will make all effort to arrest the individual so that criminal proceedings can continue. If an arrest is not immediately made, law enforcement officials can work with other agencies to secure the arrest. At times, other states and the federal government can even get involved in a particular search.

SWAT team executes search warrant at Oregon home

Recently, police in Tigard, Oregon served a search warrant to a local residence. The warrant was executed on Southwest Gentle Woods Drive. However, police and law enforcement officials did not release information about why the warrant was served or what the police were looking for in the search. It is known that the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team -- also known as the SWAT team -- helped with executing the warrant.

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.

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