Yes. Federal public defenders are often excellent lawyers.
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I know several attorneys who do/have worked for the FPD's office in Portland. Excellent lawyers all around. They are, usually, going to carry a heavier caseload than a privately retained attorney and, therefore, usually have less time to spend on an individual case, but I would hire any one of them that went into private practice if I needed a criminal defense attorney.
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If you retained an attorney having told him/her that your matter could result in charges arising out of acts alleged to have been committed in OR, the attorney should have told you s/he couldnt take the case. I think you should ask for all or at least some of your money back - I think it is arguably fraud to accept money for a case in a state in which you arent able to practice.
But having said that, you are in good hands with the federal public defenders in OR. They are conscientious, vigorous, and more than competent. Your case will be in good hands with any of them.
If you truly can not afford your own lawyer in Oregon, then stick with the Federal Public Defender office. If there is any way you can afford your own lawyer, call Noel Grefenson of Salem, OR. I kid you not, Noel is just plain dangerous as a defense guy. Portland is not all that far from Portland.
Federal Public Defenders generally have access to a number of great resources through their national network. Additionally, they only practice in federal courts and are extremely well-versed in the intricacies of their district, including the quirks of judges and prosecutors.
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