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Drunk driving and your rights

When people are facing drunk driving charges, they may feel like they have no legal rights. They may feel like a police officer's word will be the only thing taken into consideration during the criminal proceedings. However, people who are facing criminal charges for drunk driving do have many legal rights.

How much medical marijuana can Oregon residents have?

Marijuana use is seen in a lot of different ways across the United States. For some individuals, they believe use of marijuana should be legal in all situations. While others, believe that it should be illegal for adults that want to use the drug. While all states grapple with these issues, Oregon has its own complicated set of marijuana laws. Under these laws, individuals may use marijuana in certain situations without criminal consequences.

Affirmative defenses to marijuana charges in Oregon

People in Oregon may not see marijuana use as a serious offense. However, marijuana charges can be brought in a variety of different situations. Individuals who are facing drug charges of any kind should understand their criminal defense options. There are situations where individuals may be able to raise an affirmative defense about why they have or are using otherwise illegal drugs.

Are field sobriety tests accurate?

Police officers in Oregon need specific evidence that a person has been drinking and driving in order to bring driving under the influence charges. There are a variety of different tests that Oregon police officers can use in order to get this information. One test that is often used is the field sobriety test.

Abby Wambach arrested for DUII in Portland

Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Whether it's a simple lapse in judgment or a criminal offense, people need to know that mistakes happen and that the mistake does not change who they are as a person. Drunk driving is a mistake that can happen to literally anyone. People can get behind the wheel after not realizing how much they have had to drink. When this happens, people can face driving under the influence charges in Oregon.

Sex crime charges should never be taken lightly

When people think about sex crime charges, they may think about charges such as rape, child molestation, prostitution or other serious crimes. However, sex crimes are much more varied than this. They can include charges of date rape, sexting, internet solicitation of minors or lewd conduct. The possession of child pornography, pandering and the failure to register as a sex offender can also result in sex crime charges in Oregon.

What types of traffic violations can result in a misdemeanor?

When people think about driving a car, they may not immediately think about criminal charges. However, people should know that a variety of criminal charges can accompany certain driving behavior. If individuals are not careful, they can face both felony charges and misdemeanors for traffic violations.

Degrees of rape in Oregon

Very few crimes in Oregon carry the same social and from the repercussions as sexual crimes. Sexual offenses often carry stiff penalties and are met with a lifelong stigma against the accused. People can immediately see negative effects of accusations of sexual crimes. These can include a job loss, loss of housing and loss of social opportunities. Therefore, it is important for individuals to understand exactly what they're being charged with and how to best combat the charges.

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