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About me

I was born in the midwest and have lived in various cities around the Western United States.  Before practicing in Bend, OR, I was a public defender for 7 years at the Metropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc. in Portland, OR, a nationally recognized agency that has a reputation for solid defense work.  There, I handled everything from simple DUII's through sex offenses and death penalty cases.  Here are links to articles from a few of the cases I have had the privilege to work on.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 48%
    10 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 47%
  3. Expungement: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven Griffin

    Thad is a uniquely talented and compassionate criminal defense attorney. He takes tough cases and resolves them successfully.


    Steven Griffin Juvenile law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Caroline J Ponzini

    I have enjoyed working with Thad, and highly respect his insight, creativity, and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients.


    Caroline Ponzini Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Thaddeus Betz, LLC

141 NW Greenwood Suite 101
Bend, OR, 97701


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Expanding Civil Rights AdvocacyOregon State Bar2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Thaddeus Betz, LLC2013 - Present
Staff AttorneyMetropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc.2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Lawyers GuildMember2006 - Present
AFSCMESector Vice President2011 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Enrique Tellezacquitted of all felony charges after trial by jury
State of Oregon v. Sara Grahamacquitted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon Library of DefenseHow To Do A Conditional Plea2012
Oregon Library of DefenseCharging a Homeless Person With Failure To Register a Residence2011
Oregon Library of DefenseREPO and the 200% Rule2011
Major Crimes and Defenses (OCDLA)Hindering Prosecution2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Wisconsin, MadisonHistory & PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceJuvenile Representation2013