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  • Under the criminal section. "Is it possible in the state of Oregon to get more than 20% good time and more

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    Mark’s Answer

    Good criminal defense attorneys are often able to negotiate sentence reductions such as eligibility for alternative incarceration programs as part of the judgment and sentencing order. If those things are not authorized in the judgment, DOC will not be able to grant such opportunities.

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  • Is it possible to get charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

    stole a car out a driveway over 30 years ago. Never had any trouble again. Was charged with a "uumv". i was 18 or 19 years old.

    Mark’s Answer

    Oregon law has a procedure to erase certain Felony and Misdemeanor convictions. The procedure is commonly referred to as expungement, and is found in ORS 137.225. If you qualify, your conviction will be erased, and all official records of the matter will be sealed. This would be far better than reducing the conviction to a misdemeanor. Consult an attorney who handles criminal matters. We help clients with expungements all the time.

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  • How and what can he do to get help and what's going to happen

    I have a friend who's girlfriend is pregnant and she is 17 going to be 18 in 5 months and well my buddy is 22 and the cops have come to him with messages of the girl saying she pregnant and it's his baby they hadn't done anything for a long time f...

    Mark’s Answer

    The authorities prosecute people in situations like this very aggressively. Tell your friend the following:

    1. He should get a criminal defense lawyer immediately.

    2. He should not speak to the police, or anyone else, without his lawyer present.

    3. The only safe thing he can say to the police is he WILL NOT SPEAK WITHOUT HIS LAWYER PRESENT.

    4. He should not allow the authorities to search his phone, his computer, his car, or his home, without a valid search warrant signed by a judge.

    THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION. YOUR FRIEND's ENTIRE FUTURE IS AT STAKE. HELP HIM GET TO AN ATTORNEY WHO IS SKILLED IN HANDLING THIS TYPE OF LEGAL MATTER.

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  • Are new moms and newborns tested for marijuana in multnomah county Oregon at the time of birth or at all

    State of Oregon. Multnomah county. 38 weeks pregnant and wondering about drug testing at time of delivery. I am a regular pot smoker and want to know if hospitals in Oregon test new mothers for thc. And if they do what are the legal reprocussions ...

    Mark’s Answer

    Medical personnel are mandatory reporters of child abuse under Oregon law. Be aware that what you discuss with the doctor might not be considered confidential. Best thing for you would be to discuss this with an attorney, under circumstances where your confidentiality will be protected. What you post on a public forum such as this is absolutely not confidential. You will not receive legal guidance to your situation on the Internet. You owe it to yourself to speak about this privately with an attorney.

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  • Does his probation overpower his rights as a father?

    My significant other was caught having sex with me (a minor), was charged with rape three, and now has three years of probation. The terms of his probation say he can't have contact with minors or the victim, but we recently found out I'm pregnant...

    Mark’s Answer

    This is a very complicated situation, filled with danger for your significant other. He should consult an attorney immediately. You will not get sufficient guidance online. Even worse, anything you post on a public forum such as this can be viewed by people who might do him harm.

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  • What do I do with a stalking order in Oregon once all of my options are exhausted?

    A couple of years ago my husband and I had to get a stalking order against an old friend who was threatening us and our children. We were granted the order. It was not long before she retaliated and went to the courthouse to get one against me. Sh...

    Mark’s Answer

    Oregon law does offer a way for a permanent stalking order to be terminated. We have accomplished termination of permanent stalking orders for our clients. We could give you more details about that if you wish. It is not wise for you to post information about your case online. Anything you post on a public forum such as this can be read by anybody who has access to the Internet. You should consult an attorney for a confidential consultation.

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  • Am i supposed to give statements to both sides of a murder case if im a witness?

    Witness to a murder i have to give testimony to grand jury tommorow and the defense called me for statement who am i supposed to talk to both sides? Im impartial. Although he was mentally ill i think he wasnt in his right mind.

    Mark’s Answer

    You are free to speak to the defense if you wish. Being an impartial witness, it would seem you would want the truth to come out. Keep in mind that the prosecution is motivated to sink the accused and the defense is trying to save him. That is how our adversarial system operates. Your agenda as a witness should be to enable the truth to prevail. Don't let the prosecution or the police intimidate you. You are free to speak with either side.

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  • Is there a charge like initiating a dalse report is it a crime

    I paid beaverton off can they issue a warrant for paying them off because I need to know what I can do

    Mark’s Answer

    1. Initiating a false report is a crime,

    2. Do not post information online about your legal troubles,

    3. Get a good lawyer and confide only in your lawyer

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  • Should I release the passcode to my Iphone? Given the circumstances

    I had my phone confiscated in early December, as evidence for drug charges I am facing. The state trooper that arrested me called to tell me that the Iphone I have runs on a newer software that they can't hack the passcode to in their office. He c...

    Mark’s Answer

    1. Stop posting incriminating information about yourself online,

    2. Stop talking to the police,

    3. Get a good lawyer and confide only in your lawyer

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