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Domestic Violence According to the State

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Domestic violence charges are brought against strong family units as often as others. Couples in the wake of a bad night may find themselves facing misdemeanor or felony charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Strangulation, Harassment or worse. Police protocol of “taking someone in” at every scene of domestic disturbance can shock an… Read More »

Young Love or Sex Offense?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The “rules” regulating sex between teens, tweens and young adults are often unknown or unclear to the very minors they aim to protect. 14 and 16-year old sex is legal and 14 and 17-year old sex is illegal. Such distinctions are arbitrary, especially in the eyes of developing teens, if they are aware of… Read More »

Innocents on Death Row

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

According to findings published by the United States, National Academy of Sciences, 1 in every 25, or 4.1% of death row inmates are innocent. This is incredibly disturbing considering since 1977 only 1.6% of death row inmates have been exonerated and set free. Death row cases receive a great deal of attention and roughly… Read More »

Murder Conviction Overturned

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

A woman who was convinced to plead guilty to murdering her girlfriend in 2004 may not be the killer and will either be retried or set free.  U.S. District Judge Malcolm Marsh reported that new scientific evidence might reveal that Lisa Marie Roberts did not strangle Jerri Lee Williams. In May 2002, The naked… Read More »

Woman Cries “WOLF”

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Of the things deemed unforgivable by modern society, rape is ranked among the most terrible crimes. A person accused of rape is essentially marked for life; getting a job, going to school, even moving into a new neighborhood becomes much more difficult. One would think that as serious an issue as sexual assault is,… Read More »

Wrongfully Accused Men Freed After 22 Years

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Everyone has watched a movie or television show where someone is charged with a crime they did not commit. In most cases, the person wrongly accused gets off the hook and the true bad guy is caught, because in television the police always get the right guy. In the real world, the police do… Read More »

Supreme Court to Rule On Cell Phone Search

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

We live in a digital age. The time when all our private information was kept inside our home is gone. The time when our private information was kept only on a computer is gone. Today, cell-phones are like mini-computers. The amount of information that can be kept on a smart-phone is vast. The question… Read More »

Warrantless Cell Phone Search

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Once a person is arrested, the police are allowed to search you for weapons or contraband without a warrant. In more recent times, there has been a question of whether the police may search a cell-phone without a warrant, where it is found during the search for weapons. In Riley v. California, the police… Read More »

License Suspension for Less Than an Ounce?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

It is obvious that Marijuana has become a highly controversial topic. In states such as Colorado and Washington, the use of Marijuana has become legal. However, Oregon law does not allow the use and or possession of marijuana except for medical purposes. Oregon law used to punish anyone caught with any amount of marijuana… Read More »

Life Incarceration for Juveniles?

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

How would you feel if you were fifteen years old and had no hope of living your life outside of prison bars? In 2010, Terrance Graham, a juvenile, was sentenced to life in prison without any chance of release or parole after violating his probation. In this case, Graham challenged his sentence under the… Read More »

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