Portland Criminal Defense FAQ
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The Law Office of Graham C. Fisher is just a phone call away and ready to answer all of your questions. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
Am I Obligated to Talk to the Police After an Arrest?
Everyone who is arrested in the United States has the right to remain silent. This is almost always in your best interest. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law, which is why it’s important to speak with a Portland criminal defense lawyer before you make a statement.
How Serious is a Misdemeanor?
Though a misdemeanor conviction is less serious than a felony conviction, it can still have serious long-term consequences. If the court offers to reduce your sentencing from a felony to a misdemeanor in exchange for a guilty plea, you should still consult a Portland criminal defense attorney about your legal options.
Do I Really Need to Hire a Defense Attorney?
You are not required to be represented by a criminal defense attorney. However, without a working knowledge of the criminal justice system, you can easily be taken advantage of by the prosecutor or assistant district attorney. Their priority is in securing a conviction, not in protecting your Constitutional rights.
Will the State Appoint an Attorney for Me if I’ve Been Charged With a Crime?
If you are unable to afford a private attorney, you may be eligible for a court-appointed defense lawyer. You can request a court-appointed attorney at your arraignment hearing where you must also provide financial details to corroborate your claim.
How Can I Dispute a Domestic Violence Charge?
The Oregon Domestic Violence Mandatory Arrest law obligates officers to arrest and take into custody any alleged assailant who has assaulted a domestic partner, or caused them to fear for their physical safety. Not surprisingly, this law is open to abuse. If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you should contact a Portland domestic violence attorney without delay.
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