Recent Blog Posts
During the holidays, many law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon participated in sobriety campaigns geared toward cracking down on drunk drivers. According to the Oregon State Police, there were 29 DUII arrests that occurred during the New Year’s enforcement period, which represents a slight decrease over last year’s numbers. Oregon takes a very aggressive stance… Read More »
Oregon drivers that are convicted of driving under the influence face some harsh consequences. Some, but not all, first-time offenders may be eligible for the state’s DUI diversion program but anyone with a prior conviction will not qualify for this option. Throughout the nation, the use of ignition interlock devices are part of the… Read More »
It is the duty of the police and prosecution to prove without a reasonable doubt that a defendant is guilty. Unfortunately for some very unlucky Americans, a disturbingly popular trend has become a major problem with the US legal system. For decades, People all over the nation have been arrested, convicted, and punished for… Read More »
Nearly one-fourth of all Oregon prison inmates are military veterans. At Mark C. Cogan, P.C., we take great pride in representing those who have served our country. That number is growing all the time, but we have found ways to be part of the solution. Whether a veteran has served in combat overseas or… Read More »
For many years, certain marijuana convictions did not qualify for expungement. For example, we have received calls from many people frustrated that they could not expunge convictions for growing marijuana, which is classified as Manufacture of a Controlled Substance (MCS). Those days are over. Manufacture of a Controlled Substance (marijuana) now generally qualifies for… Read More »
New laws offer relief from sex offender registration in Oregon for certain convictions including Rape in the Third Degree (Statutory Rape or Underage Girlfriend), Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and others.
Nutshell description of the consequences of a sex offender conviction including sex offender registration.
The Oregon Court of Appeals just issued an important victory for the defense in a case handled by our office. A Washington County judge refused to allow cross examination of the alleged victim in a sex case, specifically related to the alleged victim’s motivation for making a false charge against our client. The defense… Read More »
You may think you can’t win if you’ve been charged with prostitution, especially if you solicited a police officer posing as a prostitute. But before you count it all loss, take a look at some areas your defense team can attack in negotiations or at trial by jury: validity of the arrest motivation behind… Read More »