Bronson D James’s Answers

Bronson D James

Portland Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Is there a statue of limitations on my case? Can I go back to California one day?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Jeremiah Vail Ross
    4. Catherine Elizabeth Bennett
    4 lawyer answers

    This is a complicated area, involving the mix of statute of limitation, speedy trial, and commencement of prosecution. You will need to have a lawyer work this out for you, most likely a California lawyer. All I can suggest is that you not ignore it. These things don't go away on their own. And from my experience, proactively addressing the issue is better than reactively dealing with it when you find yourself arrested someday.

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  2. Do the police need a warrant to search my lockbox at my bank?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. John Robert Kormanik
    3. John Paul Thygerson
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, as a general rule, you have a fourth amendment right, and a corresponding right under the Oregon Constitution Article I, section 9, to your bank box. I will note, however, that you can alter your reasonable expectation of privacy through the contract with the bank. So if, for example, you agreed pursuant to the terms of the contract that the bank could permit inspection by government subpoena, as opposed to full warrant, then that would control. So look at your contract terms. But...

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  3. I was arrested for discharging a weapon in certain municipalities. Do I need a lawyer? Never been in trouble.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Donald Ray Andreski Jr.
    2. Bronson D James
    3. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    4. Stephen Ross Cohen
    4 lawyer answers

    I do not practice in your jurisdiction, so will not give you information about your charge. But I will tell you something that I think is pretty much universal. When you're arrested for a crime, you need an attorney. The criminal justice system is very confusing, and not designed to be navigated by people on their own. It can be a bit of a meat grinder in fact, with little patience or compassion. There is no one in that system who is "on your side." Certainly not the prosecutor, or law...

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  4. What can I do to avoid jail time

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. Michael Dean Scheid
    3. Bronson D James
    4. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    5. Stephen A. Gustitis
    5 lawyer answers

    The single best thing you can do is hire a good attorney immediately. Find someone experienced and reputable. But perhaps most importantly, find someone you connect with, who you feel comfortable with, and with whom you have good communication. Talk to that attorney about your case, and be completely honest, hold nothing back. There is one other thing you might want to consider. You were arrested for drug possession. Now is the time for some serious reflection. Do you need drug...

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  5. In rape assult does a police officer have to file a report ? what does one do if they did not give report to da with rape kit

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. Troy Austin Pickard
    3. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    3 lawyer answers

    First, I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. And I'm also sorry to hear that the system has not been treating you with respect and dignity. In Oregon, as a crime victim, you have certain constitutional and statutory rights. You have the right to hire an attorney to help you enforce those victim rights. Sometimes, getting an attorney involved can help spur an investigation, and help you get justice. Or, at least it may provide you clear answers as to why the state is proceeding as...

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  6. Are there any major reasons I should not take this charge away from my friend?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. Jeffrey A Turnoy
    3. Tarek Shawky
    3 lawyer answers

    Over my career, I have yet to see someone successfully lie to get someone out of trouble. I have, however, seen many people lie and get themselves into trouble. Your best course of action in legal matters is truth, or silence.

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  7. Im i violating my parole if im out of town

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Thomas K Coan
    4. Douglas Holbrook
    4 lawyer answers

    You haven't given enough information for anyone to give you a cogent response. First, do you actually mean parole, or just probation? What are your conditions? Do you have a P.O.? and do you mean out of town, or out of the state?

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  8. Can i get any money from the state for the 58 days i was in jail waiting for trial when all charges where dismissed

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. Douglas Holbrook
    3. Frank Mascagni III
    3 lawyer answers

    The answer to your question depends on what you were held for (misdemeanor or felony), the factual nature of the charges, and how the case was resolved, ie through negotiated dismissal, or due to suppression motion. You should consult an attorney familiar with police misconduct, and/or 1983 civil rights claims.

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  9. Charged with failure to provide proof of insurance after "lapse of insurance"

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. Ryan Michael Davidson
    2 lawyer answers

    You could hire an attorney to potentially move to set aside or modify the judgment. You would have to decide if the economic cost of doing that, i.e attorneys fees, is worth the current economic consequences you are facing.

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  10. What is the max sentance in the state of oregon for the crimes listed below?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Bronson D James
    2. Troy Austin Pickard
    3. James J White
    3 lawyer answers

    When you have multiple counts, but are wanting to know your total setence exposure, that becomes much more than a black and white question. You begin to get into the issue of criminal episodes, continuous conduct, and merger, all of which are very complex (and fought over) legal issues in Oregon. For this type of question, you really need to sit down with a criminal defense lawyer who can review the specific facts alleged, the indictment issued, and your background. Only then can a...

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