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Our Law Firm Does Not Play Phone-Tag

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Our law firm does not play phone-tag; we make it a priority to answer calls ourselves. People who call our law office are frequently stunned when a real person answers the phone. More often than not, these days, when people call a business, calls are handled by electronic greeting systems, or outside answering services…. Read More »

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Courts in the Time of Corona

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Since March of 2020, Oregon’s courts have remained open during this time of public health emergency, operating under strict limitations. On May 15th, 2020 Oregon’s Chief Justice Martha Walters issued a new order on how the courts are to operate in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Justice Order No. 20-016 states that… Read More »

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Multnomah County Elects A Reform-Minded Leader As Its New DA

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

For too long, District Attorneys have exercised their enormous power in obscurity. For the first time in many decades, Multnomah County had a truly contested race for DA, and the voters responded by electing a reform-minded candidate as their new DA. Reformer Mike Schmidt was elected in a landslide, with more than 75% of… Read More »

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Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

On Monday, May 18, A Baker County Circuit Judge ruled that Governor Kate Brown had made a mistake by not seeking the Legislature’s approval to extend Oregon’s stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit. The Judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by ten churches in Oregon, who argue that the state’s stay-at-home… Read More »

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The United States Supreme Court Finally Struck Down Oregon’s Law Authorizing Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

A disgraceful stain on Oregon’s history is finally being addressed.  Back in the 1930’s, the KKK exercised power in Oregon politics.  As a result of xenophobia, racism, anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism, Oregon voters adopted a Constitutional amendment authorizing non-unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases.  The proponents of that law were explicit in their desire to… Read More »

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Can I Apply for Sex Offender Registration Relief in Oregon?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

At Mark C. Cogan, P.C., our Oregon criminal defense attorneys understand that being convicted of a sex crime is life changing and results in being labeled as a sex offender on the state’s registry and the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website for employers, lenders, and the general public to see through a single online search. To… Read More »

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Beware of Those Who Will Attempt to Take Advantage of You in Online Scams & Frauds Involving Sexual Content

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Even before the COVID-19 emergency, our law firm was seeing an uptick of online scams and frauds targeting the unwary. Online scams and frauds have only increased since the onset of COVID-19. These can take the following forms: Police agencies run sting operations seeking to trap people looking for prostitution or hookups with underage… Read More »

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Why I decided to become a lawyer

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

When I was 12 years old I successfully sued Greyhound for losing the gear I was taking to summer camp. Greyhound refused to pay me full compensation for my loss because I was a minor and had only paid half fare. Greyhound further discounted my claim because they did not deem my camp belongings… Read More »

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The COVID-19 emergency is likely to cause a sharp increase in arrests for Domestic Violence

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Because of the COVID-19 emergency, workplaces have been closed, people have been put out of work, families have been disrupted, and large segments of the population have been confined in their homes.  The emergency has put the entire nation on edge, and people are understandably very concerned about their safety and the well-being of… Read More »

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The COVID-19 Emergency is Having a Profound Impact on the Criminal Justice System

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Certain crimes are not being prosecuted like before. Out-of-custody trials are being postponed. Defendants are being released from jail. We anticipate the effects of this emergency will be long-lasting. Mark Cogan, P.C. is Fully Operational During the COVID-19 Health Crisis Like most businesses, our Oregon law firm was banned from working at our offices as a… Read More »

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