Answering Common Questions About The Legal Process
Listed below are questions I commonly hear from my clients. If you have questions you do not see below, call my office at 503-928-8526 or reach out through my online contact form.
I’ve been arrested for DUII – What do I do now?
It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a DUII arrest. You have only 10 days from the date of the DUII arrest to request a DMV license suspension hearing to contest any proposed suspension. If 10 days pass without a request for a hearing, your license will be suspended for at least one year. I have the experience and knowledge to help you maintain at least some level of driving privileges at your hearing.
What happens in a DUII case that involves the death of another party?
A death that occurs as the result of a DUII is considered manslaughter. In Oregon, a DUII that involves death typically means mandatory minimum sentences outlined in Measure 11. If a defendant is convicted, the mandatory minimum sentence for manslaughter is 10 years according to Measure 11 guidelines.
The police want to question me – Should I answer their questions?
It is rarely in your best interest to submit to police questioning without an attorney. Police are trained in various interrogation techniques and are skilled at getting people to make statements that can later be used against them. By remaining silent, you eliminate saying something that could be interpreted the wrong way and lead to problems down the road.
What if I don’t have a lawyer at my first court appearance?
It is not uncommon for a person to appear for arraignment (first appearance) without an attorney. The judge will usually ask what the person intends to do about an attorney – either apply for a court-appointed attorney or hire a retained attorney. If the charges are more serious, it is possible that the person may be taken into custody and/or bail set.
How much does a consultation cost?
Consultations for both criminal and personal injury cases are free at my office, and you are under no obligation to hire me as your attorney. Consultations can occur both over the phone and/or in person.
How are legal fees structured?
There are three basic fee structures: flat fee, contingency fee and hourly. The structure of legal fees depends on the type of case.
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