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Understanding field sobriety tests: The single leg stand

If a law enforcement official suspects that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, that officer may stop the person's vehicle to investigate the situation. In Oregon, a police officer may ask a suspected drunk driver to perform one or more field sobriety tests to demonstrate the driver's level of sobriety. One common test that drivers are asked to perform is the single leg stand, also sometimes called the one-leg stand.

What is a Measure 11 crime?

In Oregon, a person may be charged with a crime based on how his conduct aligns with the statutorily established offenses recognized by the state government. For example, Oregon has on its books crimes related to drunk driving, the use and possession of certain drugs, violence, and many others. If a person is convicted of a crime, he will receive penalties that must be fulfilled before he may resume his regular life outside of the criminal justice system.

Portland man charged with possession of heroin, other drugs

Drug charges are serious legal matters that can impose significant hardships on the lives of Portland residents. A single conviction for a drug-based offense can mar a person's record and stand between him and better employment and other positive opportunities. For this reason, individuals who must confront criminal drug charges often enlist the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys.

Fight misdemeanors with the help of criminal defense attorneys

Not all criminal charges carry the same consequences. For example, Portland residents may find themselves facing apparently minor infractions for traffic violations, and may only have to pay modest fines to have their legal matters remedied. They may also be charged with felonies; felony convictions often result in individuals spending significant periods of time in prison for their alleged criminal wrongdoing.

Making a strong defense following a drug offense

A criminal record can be a very daunting situation. Having a serious drug offense conviction on your record will likely impact your personal and professional life. It might not only be challenging to obtain and maintain employment, but also housing prospects may be limited due to a criminal background. In some ways, the damage caused is irreversible, making it essential for an accused person to initiate a defense as soon as charges are filed against them.

What is a DUII charge in the state of Oregon?

It is often a stressful situation for motorists when they are stopped by a police officer following a presumed traffic violation or an automobile accident. Drivers in Oregon often consider what types of traffic violations they could be charged with and what types of penalties they could face. In some cases, this could only amount to a warning or a fine; however, for more serious offenses, a driver could lose their privilege to drive for a period of time, and endure other harsh penalties such as hefty fines and jail time. If officers believe that a driver has an intoxicating substance in their system, he or she could face with a DUII charge.

Determining the right criminal defense strategy

As a pervious post highlighted, some criminal offenders might seek to take measures to clear their criminal history. While taking the step to have a criminal conviction expunged could greatly benefit an offender, this process is not available for all criminal charges. Therefore, those accused of criminal charges should take the appropriate steps to fully understand their defense strategies no matter the severity of the charges.

Oregon officer charged with nine misdemeanors following DUII

Being arrested for criminal allegations does not only mean the accused could face serious penalties but also means that the allegations could impact the criminal suspect's personal and professional reputation. Depending on the type of charges, a defendant could face harsh penalties, even if they are accused of a misdemeanor. Moreover, the pending charges could greatly impact the offender's current or prospective career path, causing some criminal charge to have long-term effects.

Sentencing and diversion options for misdemeanor charges

Facing criminal charges, no matter the severity, is never an easy time. Even when a defendant is facing misdemeanor charges, this could still mean serious penalties that could impact the offender's life if he or she is convicted. In order to limit the effects misdemeanor allegations or convictions could have on an offender, it is important to be aware of the defense options available.

How do you get a conviction expunged in Oregon?

Having a criminal history is not something residents in Oregon and elsewhere desire. However, when individuals are convicted of a criminal charge, he or she will have to suffer the consequences associated with the charges. A criminal record could mean personal and professional consequences such as difficulties obtaining a job, housing or financial aid for school. Therefore, it is important to consider options that could alleviate or reduce the impacts a criminal charge could have.

Salem Police Department arrest 10 in major drug bust

There are several possible serious charges when it comes to illegal drugs. Individuals in Oregon could face allegations following a search of their home, vehicle or person. If it is determined that an accused offender is involved in a drug operation, it is likely that multiple people will be charged. Additionally, this also likely means that a large quantity of drugs was recovered and other evidence indicates that the defendants charged with a drug crime are in the business of manufacturing, selling or distributing an illegal substance.

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