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Brian Michael Starns

Criminal defense Attorney at Hood River, OR

5.0   55 reviews
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Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    90%
    DUIIs, all levels of criminal charges-- Major Felonies, Misdemeanors and traffic offenses.

    26 years

  2. Expungement
    5%
    Get a fresh start- an expungement erases past convictions and arrests, making life easier for background checks, travel and job applications.

  3. Juvenile law
    3%

    26 years

  4. Administrative law
    2%

OVER 25 YEARS OF DUII AND CRIMINAL LAW EXPERIENCE IN COURTROOMS AROUND THE STATE. PERSONALIZED, PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION.

Having practiced criminal law in Oregon for 25 years, I have been privileged to stand up for good people in courtrooms accross the state. My experience includes all levels of criminal cases, including the most serious of accusations. I believe in an analytical and thorough approach to my cases, and strive to achieve great outcomes, regardless of the complexity or severity.  While I specialize in DUII defense, I represent individuals accused of all types and severity of charges.

Location

The Law Offices of Brian Starns. LLC.

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Sean | May 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely pleased and thankful for Brian!
Finding an attorney was a pain until I spoke with Brian. After speaking with many different attorneys, none of them took the time that Brian did to explain my options and offer his expertise. He is very detail oriented and very prepared. He answered all of my questions and I never felt rushed or pressured in any way. He made sure I understood all of the possible outcomes, good or bad. Brian earned my trust the first time we spoke. He's very genuine and you can tell that he actually cares about helping people, a quality that is not easy to find nowadays. The outcome was exactly what we hoped for and I could not be happier. I wouldn't want anyone else in my corner. Thank you Brian
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian is an excellent lawyer.
From the initial consultation to ongoing updates and ultimately the trial, Brian was prompt, professional, and knowledgeable. He provided the best information regarding each decision and never pressured me to go one way or another. Throughout the process Brian developed a relationship with me based on trust, mutual respect, and faith in my innocence. Ahead of trial, Brian set realistic expectations and prepped me for everything I needed to expect. At trial, Brian was prepared, strategic, and successful. We were able to win the case and have all charges dropped. I would strongly recommend him.
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Posted by David | April 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation in my traffic court case
I reached out to Brian after receiving a traffic ticket on I84. Because I have a CDL, it is extremely important for me to keep a clean record, and because I live elsewhere, I was unable to be in court to defend myself. Thankfully, I reached out to Brian and he took care of my case. He had everything handled, and when court came was able to achieve the desired judgment! He took my case seriously, and used his good relationships to figure out the best course of action to have my ticket dismissed. I would absolutely recommend Brian Starns.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very honest and upfront
Brian was a great attorney. He was very upfront and honest with me and responded quickly to my questions and inquiries. He was also very knowledgeable and helpful in get my case resolved easily as possible.
Posted by Dylan | February 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hood Rivers number one defense attorney!
Brian is a great attorney. He successfully managed my case, I never once had to set foot in a courtroom, and the result was better than I could have hoped for. He knows the law, and is willing to go to any length for his clients. Highly recommend.
Posted by Jaedan | August 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent choice for a multitude of cases
Helped win my case despite the strange circumstances I found myself in. I've never seen such a smoothly operated case.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable & Kind
I hired Brian after reading glowing reviews on AVVO - he was able to help me when I needed it most, and keep me grounded when I was overwhelmed. Brian is straightforward, fair, and was able to dismiss the Reckless Driving charge I had in conjunction with a DUII. He has continued to help me with my DUII Diversion Program even after the case was settled in court. I recommend him with the highest of endorsements.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A privilege to have him on your side
I feel blessed to have met Brian. From day one, I felt comfortable and confident being represented by him. His knowledge and experience matched with his calm and honest approach led me through a complicated process with ease. He truly fights for his clients, and I came out with a great win because of him. Thank you Brian!
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional lawyer
Brian has all the necessary attributes of a great lawyer. During our first conversation, I recognized his passion for what he does. I always appreciated his compassion and patience while working with me through a very difficult time. I feel fortunate to have worked through my issues with a lawyer, who is very knowledgeable and has the best communicative skills. Thank you Brian!
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Brian was a great help for me. He is very educated on the matter of law with his background to support it. My case was very interesting and a trying time in my life, he took what I had to say with great attention to detail. Thank you Brian very pleased with the outcome.
Posted by DANIEL | February 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian Michael Starns
Brian Michael Starns was hired to contest my speeding ticket. He made the process extremely easy and took care of everything on my behalf while keeping me well informed along the way. Due to his representation, I was able to receive a full dismissal of the infraction. I would highly recommend Brian Michael Starns to others and would not hesitate to hire him again in the future.
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Posted by Nathaniel | January 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Brian was very friendly and kind he managed to get me from a reckless driving down to a diversion with no hassle from me he took care of absolutely everything himself and it was clear he truly cared about me and the outcome of my case, thank you Brian for everything!
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2nd DUI- Fantastic Criminal Defense Lawyer!!
Fantastic lawyer! I never thought I'd be one to need a lawyer but after one DUI in the Midwest and now one in Oregon I knew I needed legal counsel. Oregon has very tough DUI laws. After my arrest I called Brian a few days later. He got back to me within 24 hours. He was very calm and we had a free consultation where I described my past and what had happened. My BAC was high (above a 0.15). He said he would be willing to represent me if I wanted. Since I was distressed he told me to think about it and get back to him once I considered it. I liked he didn't pressure me into anything. I looked up reviews prior to hiring him and decided to go with it. He was available via phone, text, and email. He reviewed the police report, my previous dui documentation, and body cam images. He said I would not need to appear in court as he was my lawyer and would take care of everything he could. There were too many unknowns in the beginning to give me a likely outcome, but I trusted his expertise and judgement. I let him take the wheel. He handled the DMV hearing and the initial court date. He was very good about following up and giving an overview of the meetings. He then went to the sentencing hearing and got my case reduced to diversion. I am just very thankful no one was hurt and that Brian was able to help me get back to "normal" daily life. I have had much time to reflect and never ever want to go through that again. I will now be doing my diversion (interlock device, alcohol evaluation, sobriety, counseling, fees, victim impact panel, etc.). It is my job not to mess up again and I fully understand that. Brian has been a blessing and I am sure my outcome would have been quite different without his help. In the beginning it felt like a gamble... but I'M SURE GLAD I DID!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Compassionate, Expert
Solid communicator, in-depth legal knowledge, and compassionate approach. Thoughtful and articulate throughout. Great representation, and well-trusted counsel.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
I would recommend Brian to my family and friends. He was great. I hired him for DV. He was amazing in the court room. I didn't have to talk much. He did it all for me. Anytime I needed a question answered I would text him he always go right back to me within an hour. Very nice guy.
Posted by Joseph | August 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Brian
Mr. Starns did a phenomenal job of helping me throughout my cort case and getting my charges lowers to a wreck less driving.
Response from Brian Starns October 6, 2021
Thanks so much! I hope your case illustrates that not all DUI's are what they seem; you can get great results with a little digging. It was a pleasure representing you.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian Stearns is an excellent attorney
Brian Stearns did an excellent job representing my grandson I am very impressed with him.
Response from Brian Starns August 17, 2021
Thank you. I am so happy we were able to get a happy result. These cases are especially challenging, and I am glad we got a great outcome.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Brian is an excellent attorney! I would highly recommend him for his services. He is very thorough and knowledgeable. Overall a great experience working with him.
Response from Brian Starns May 26, 2021
THANK YOU!! I am glad we were able to get a great outcome.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUII nightmare over!
Brian is a patient and kind lawyer who took good care of me, underpromised and over delivered. I think even he was surprised at the amazing outcome of my case (dismissed!) But I am not. His attention to detail, his methodical handling of the facts and his cross examination of the police officer was perfection. I got the best outcome possible (other than not having been prejudged by the cop and then unjustly arrested in the 1st place) which is dismissal by the DA. Thank you Brian, it was a long year for me but you made it bearable and in the end we won. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Our family is forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional, calm, great communication
I had the opportunity to work with Brian on a couple of occasions. I appreciate his calm and professional approach. He kept me calm, and well informed. in both cases. He was straightforward and very helpful. I am extremely satisfied with his services
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Brian Starns, LLC.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Morris, Smith, Starns & Sullivan
  • 1998 - 2018

Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Nebraska
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994
  • University of Nebraska
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State V. Rivas
  • Defendant found Not Guilty of all charges following a jury trial.

Associations

  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Mid-Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Mentorship Award
  • Hood River High School
  • N/A

Publications

  • The Oregon Defense Attorney
  • "Beautiful Words"
  • 2011
  • The Oregon Defense Attorney
  • "Beautiful Words"
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Brian
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brian for almost ten years, and worked with him for five years. I am always impressed by his continued quest for knowledge and his dedication to his clients. He works for the best result possible on every case, and stands up for the rights of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is an excellent and compassionate attorney who learned from some of the best in Oregon. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for your criminal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Brian is a skilled attorney and I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of criminal defense help."
Criminal defense
Hood River Criminal defense Lawyer Brian Michael Starns
Brian Michael Starns
Criminal defense Attorney
Hood River, OR
Licensed for 25 years
Virtual consultation available