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Jonah Morningstar

Portland Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I was arrested in Hawaii for dui and live in oregon. I have not been able to make my court date and need to know how to handle.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jonah Morningstar
    2. Benjamin Robert Peppard
    3. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    3 lawyer answers

    You'll need an attorney in Hawaii to help you with this case.

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  2. Can i expunge my DUI arrest record (No conviction/No court date) ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jonah Morningstar
    2. Andrew M Kohlmetz
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    3 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you were arrested but no charges were ever filed. The expungement statute (ORS 137.225) requires you to wait a full year for that type of arrest to be expunged. If, however, a charge was filed and dismissed, you are correct that it would be expungeable now. If you wish to discuss this further, feel free to contact my office at 541-482-2533 or 503-836-3420.

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  3. Would I be able to sue a drunk driver that crashed into the wall at my work and hit me threw the other side?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. John E. Schlosser
    2. Joanne Reisman
    3. David Ian Schoen
    4. Brian Robert Dettman
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Short answer: yes. Long answer: it should be very easy to prove a drunk driver was negligent.

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  4. What am I facing? 2 DUI in one month. already plead guilty to the first. accepted plea of bench probation. Just received another

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Clayton Tullos
    2. Ryan Scott
    3. Peter Christian Komar
    4. Dean George Tsourakis
    5. Anthony Michael Solis
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    Prosecutors can read this forum, and you are already facing a pretty serious legal situation. Many attorneys offer free or low-cost initial consultations, a much safer option than posting here. Also, a delay in hiring an attorney could jeopardize your defense. I mostly practice in southern oregon but I'd be happy to recommend a couple excellent attorneys in Portland. Give me a call at 541.482.2533 if you want to discuss this further. Good luck!

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  5. I received a DUI in Oregon in 2001 and completed a diversion program. Now I need to know the "disposition" of my case.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Karen J Mockrin
    2. Emily M. Oberdorfer
    3. Jared Justice
    4. Jonah Morningstar
    5. Derek Anthony Patrin
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    The attorney who helped you in 2001 would be the one to call, assuming he or she still has an open office in that area. Otherwise, any local attorney would be able to look up your case pretty easily. Good luck!

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  6. I was arrested for Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree what is the likely penalty?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jonah Morningstar
    2. Karen J Mockrin
    3. Bruce Tarbox
    4. Jared Justice
    4 lawyer answers

    Going to AA meetings is a great idea, as would be looking into an in or outpatient alcohol treatment program. Although jail time can be imposed for this crime, it is also very possible for a defendant convicted of second-degree disorderly conduct to receive little or no jail time. Even better would be getting the charges dismissed altogether, which may be possible. It all depends on the precise circumstances of your conduct (which you unfortunately don't remember), your lack of criminal...

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  7. What can I do?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jonah Morningstar
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Karen J Mockrin
    4. Jared Justice
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    It sounds like your daughter already has an attorney, but that attorney isn't doing a good enough job preparing her defense. If her attorney is a public defender, she can explain the problem with the current attorney and ask for a different one. If the attorney is private, he or she could be fired and replaced. Good luck!

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  8. What county should I hire a lawyer in?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey S Siefman
    2. Jonah Morningstar
    3. Justin N Rosas
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    I'd say the county you were convicted in, just in case anything needed a court appearance in that County. But depending on how far they are from each other, either would work.

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  9. Can fred meyer fire me?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jay Bodzin
    2. David A Schuck
    3. Justin N Rosas
    4. Jonah Morningstar
    5. Sunil K Raju
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    Based on the information provided, Fred Meyer can legally fire or suspend you. I would contact the attorney who helped you enter diversion to see if he or she can write a brief letter explaining to Fred Meyer how you did all of the diversion requirements and explaining the whole mix-up with court dates. Even if they can legally fire you, many good people enter diversion on a DUI and are not fired from their jobs, so in this case it makes sense to ask Fred Meyer to do the right thing,...

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  10. What were the DUI Laws in the year 2000

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Richard E Oberdorfer
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Justin N Rosas
    4. Jonah Morningstar
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with Rich, the fastest way to do this project is to go to the law library at Willamette University Law School or at the Supreme Court. You could also try the Oregon Archives building. All of these places are in/near downtown Salem. Any of those places will have several sets of books called Oregon Revised Statutes, which contain all of Oregon's statutes (laws). What you need is the set published in the year 1999, which will contain the laws in effect in the year 2000. The short...

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