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Mark C Cogan

Portland Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I just turned 18, my girlfriend is 17. we have dated for 2yrs. Can I be Charged with a sex crime?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Sandi Pellikaan
    3. Tami Cheri Pierce
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    Sex crimes involving minors are prosecuted very aggressively in Oregon. The age of consent is 18, so anyone who is sexually involved with a person who is underage needs to be very careful. This being said, Oregon law has a "safe harbor" for a situation in which the two individuals are less than three years apart. As long as the activity is completely voluntary and there is no coercion or use of alcohol or controlled substances, this will probably not be viewed as a crime by law-enforcement.

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  2. My son represented himself and has now been found guilty, today will be sentenced,. Is there anything we need to say or do for

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Karen J Mockrin
    3. Dana C Heinzelman
    4. Robert Jason De Groot
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    I am sorry to hear about your son's trouble. Without knowing anything about his case, it would be irresponsible to try and give him advice. Do not post any specifics about his case online. What you post can be read by people who do not have your son's best interest at heart. Even at this late stage, it may be beneficial for you or your son to call a criminal defense attorney and seek a confidential consultation. It is possible that your son might be able to seek a postponement of his...

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  3. I would like to email to the judge trying my dads case tomorrow, would it help or hurt? how would I find that information?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Rhett Garrett Fraser
    4. Sanaz Banu Nikaein
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    Contacting the judge is a very bad idea. If you want to help your father, contact his lawyer and discuss with the lawyer the best option. If you are working at cross purposes to what his lawyer is trying to do, you may be harming your father's cause.

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  4. I have had my record expunged in the courts but when background checks are done it keeps coming up.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. Yunus M. Paisner
    4. Anthony Rocco Pecora
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    Getting private database companies to remove expunge records can be a challenge. Our advice is to run background checks on yourself, and contact any private database companies that include expunged records. You should inform the database company that your record was expunged, and include a copy of the court order. Your letter should be polite but firm and businesslike. Our experience has been that, once they are notified that their background check include an expunged record, the database...

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  5. My son, who is 18, has been sexually engaged in a girl of 14. Her father made a report to the police.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
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    Any person who is facing a potential criminal charge should absolutely NOT give a statement to the police concerning the underlying events. The police are not trying to help your son. There is no benefit to your son speaking with the officer. In fact, the police want to take a statement from your son because your son's statement will help them build their case. Your son needs to consult an attorney who defends clients facing serious criminal charges. We represent clients on such...

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  6. Is bumping into a curb while parking reasonable suspicion to stop me for a d.u.i

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Miranda Shanell Summer
    2. Mark C Cogan
    3. Emily M. Oberdorfer
    4. Richard E Oberdorfer
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    Oregon law carries severe consequences for the crime of DUII. You owe it to yourself to consult with an attorney who handles these cases on a regular basis. In many cases, there are steps that need to be taken immediately in order to protect your rights. For example, most Oregon DUII cases involve a suspension of the driver's privilege to operate a motor vehicle pursuant to Oregon's Implied Consent Law. In order to challenge the proposed suspension, legal notice must be furnished to the...

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  7. Did I violate my probation by simply admitting to something that I didn't do?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Ryan Scott
    3. Zaheer A Shah
    4. Jay Scott Finnecy
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    If a person admits to a probation officer that he has violated the terms and conditions of his probation, that is enough for a probation violation to be filed. You should consult an attorney immediately. And be careful what you say to your PO!

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  8. How often do police present gather sketchy evidence?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Troy Austin Pickard
    3. Jay Bodzin
    4. Richard Stephen Jaffe
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    Your question raises an interesting and recurring issue in our legal system. At its foundation, our legal system is an adversarial system. The theory is that justice results from a contention between the prosecution and the defense, which occurs in the legal system, following the basic rules of procedure which are in place. In order for justice to be the result, the defendant requires capable legal representation. Also, in order for justice to be the result, the prosecution must play by the...

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  9. My husband has been charged with Assault 4, Domestic Violence and I want to help the defense to get the charges dropped.

    Answered 14 days ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Jared Justice
    3. Sandi Pellikaan
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    Prosecutors tend to be very dismissive of victims of domestic violence who wish to drop the charges or reunite with the alleged wrongdoer. If you wish to help your husband, you should consult an attorney. You may also wish to contact your husband's attorney, but keep in mind that your husband's attorney is not allowed to give you advice. Anything you try to do without legal representation may prove ineffectual, or may have exactly the opposite result from what you are seeking....

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  10. My 16 yr old son is being charged with Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana for Consideration.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Mark C Cogan
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Peter R Tovey
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    Any person facing a criminal charge needs to consult a criminal defense attorney immediately. There is much that criminal defense attorneys can do to help clients in this situation. Unfortunately, anything your son says to anybody, even his parents, is not considered confidential under the law. The best thing you can do for your son is to get him in the care of a criminal defense attorney. Many defense attorneys offer a free and confidential initial consultation. You and your son should not...

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