Portland Federal Criminal Lawyers
The federal prosecutions in Portland, Oregon, come in a vast array of case types: drug trafficking, gun crimes, white-collar crimes, computer sex stings, identity theft, illegal immigration, tax evasion, tax fraud, bank fraud, credit card fraud, and more. The Obama-Era Safe Neighborhood Act is one very tough piece of legislation that is new in the federal system. The mandatory minimum sentences can surprise some armed felons who thought that they’d get off lightly. No matter what crime you have been charged with in Portland, do not let the minutes tick by without taking action.
The Benefits of a Skilled Defense Attorney
Shopping for a defense attorney can be frustrating for people accused of white-collar crimes that have no previous criminal records. They may not have a good understanding of the system and how it really works. Watching how court cases play out on television is a far cry from how they operate in real life. In the real world, cases don’t always have the force and certainty that they do when televised. Cases that are televised are usually homerun cases that have lots of incriminating evidence and salacious details that make it good for promoting the justice system to the public.
Questioning by Officials
When you are questioned by officials, they don’t always read you the Miranda rights regarding your right to remain silent. They may try to have a casual conversation with you that may even prey upon your concern for something that happened. It is possible for them to even record these informal investigations and build evidence against you. As a matter of principle, you should never speak with anyone presenting themselves as a government official without first consulting our law firm. They may not alert you from the beginning of the conversation that you are a suspect in a crime. They may also try to coerce you to speak using other methods that overcome your will with inducements of false leniency or other tricks.
Within 72 hours of your arrest, you will have an opportunity to negotiate the terms of your release with a judge. If you call our Portland law firm, we can attack the strength of the charges and argue for your immediate release. Even a serious case can lead to conditional release. You never want to remain in prison because it can cause psychological damage. Furthermore, all communications that you make will be recorded and can make the case against you even stronger.
Discovery & Depositions
Our Portland law firm will first ensure that all the evidence against you and that may work in your favor is provided by the prosecution. It is not uncommon for the prosecution to withhold key evidence of your innocence or to substitute video or audio recordings with unreliable hearsay testimony. If specific requests are not made, it will be hard to preserve the violation for appeals. Our law firm is skilled at identifying holes in the narrative that demonstrate evidence manipulation.
We can then take depositions of the witnesses against you to lock in their testimony. This can later be compared to their testimony at trial to impeach them. It also gives us an opportunity to see the full strength of the case against you and allows us to find weaknesses to attack it.
It is important to ensure the fundamental fairness of your trial. In doing so, we have to suppress any evidence that unfairly prejudices you. This would be hearsay evidence, unlawfully obtained evidence, and unreliable forensics. We work with our own top-notch experts and private investigators to test every facet of the prosecution’s theory and do not let them amaze jurors with the CSI-effect. We can also have your case dismissed before trial for constitutional violations and other defenses that exist as a matter of law.
Trial or Plea Bargaining
Only 3 percent of all federal cases make it to trial. Most cases with strong defenses are dismissed before they reach trial or resolved with a favorable plea deal. This avoids the mandatory minimum sentences that are horrifying. You may decide to go to trial, nevertheless, if you have a strong case. The prosecutor may even offer a lower plea in the middle of the trial to guarantee a victory. In any regard, all the preparation that we do will ensure the optimal outcome.