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By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

There is hope! There is no doubt about it; when we age, medical issues can be a problem. For some people, their medical difficulties may lead to a suspension or even revocation of their driver’s license. Whether it is because of a temporary or permanent medical condition, a one-time issue, or because of certain… Read More »

Court-Appointed Attorney vs. Private Attorney part 2

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Your lawyer is supposed to be your advocate. To advocate means to defend, support or argue for the cause of another person. Some have “heard about court-appointed lawyers” in a negative way. Others are frustrated or disappointed with a court-appointed attorney (public defender) assigned to their case and want to know how a private… Read More »

Court-Appointed Attorney vs. Private Attorney part 1

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Deciding between a court-appointed attorney and a private attorney is an important choice for some of our callers and their loved ones. In fact, it can mean the difference between a bright future and one stopped short. A court-appointed attorney (public defender) is paid by tax dollars and assigned to a defendant by the… Read More »

My Child Is Accused of a Crime part 2

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

“How can I help my child and help his/her lawyer get the best result?” (1)    Make sure your child isn’t speaking about “what happened” with anyone but his/her lawyer. Your child’s school principal, school guidance counselor or even private therapist is not a legal advocate bound by ethics of the Oregon State Bar and… Read More »

My Child Is Accused of a Crime part 1

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

As a parent, it’s your worst nightmare to see your child’s future threatened in any way. When your child is accused of a crime, it’s a tough pill to swallow under any circumstances! -Your family may be shocked at the accusations. -Your family may be disgusted with law enforcement. -Your family may feel betrayed… Read More »

“I was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants in Oregon. What happens now?”

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Your DUII citation includes your first court date, where you will appear and when. The court will want to know: Do you have or need an Oregon criminal defense attorney? What direction do you want your case to take — “guilty”, “not guilty”, DUII Diversion? The step above applies more or less to everyone. The NEXT steps depend… Read More »

I’m Guilty, What Can A Defense Attorney Do?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

An excellent criminal defense attorney can possibly: help lessen your punishment help you stay out of jail or fight for less jail get your case dismissed keep your record clean by fighting for a deferred sentence (call us for details) keep your record clean by fighting for an expungeable conviction (call us for details)… Read More »

$40 million Awarded to 5 Young Men Wrongly Convicted

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The five men who were convicted of beating and raping the “Central Park Jogger” in the late 1980’s are actually innocent. The five black men were teens when they were accused.  Their case triggered a feeding frenzy of publicity, in which the media widely presumed them to be guilty.  Unfair police tactics led to… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Favors Cell Phone Privacy

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

On June 25, 2014, the US Supreme Court issued a an important ruling in favor of cell phone privacy. The court ruled that a police officer must have a warrant in order to search the cell phone of a person placed under arrest. This decision, in Riley v. California, was long awaited by those… Read More »

Police Commander Destroys His Career Stealing Fuel in Oregon State

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

An OSP (Oregon State Police) commander, thriving in his career, gave up his badge after pleading guilty in court to first-degree official misconduct. The commander, Jeff R. Lanz, built his career within the OSP based on his integrity in investigating fellow officers, but saw his law enforcement career evaporate as a result of his… Read More »

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Mark C. Cogan, P.C., of Portland, Oregon, represents individuals charged with crimes throughout Oregon, including central Oregon, northern Oregon, Pacific Coast communities and the Willamette River valley, including Clackamas County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Columbia County, Marion County, Tillamook County, Clatsop County, Lincoln County, Lane County, Linn County and Benton County and the cities of Salem, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Oregon City, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin, Milwaukie, West Linn, The Dalles and Clackamas.

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