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Beware Threats of Criminal Charges!

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

A client came to our office worried and alarmed that he was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency.  It turned out to be untrue and a scam, but even when it’s not, never abandon your right to remain silent.  This scenario reminds us to be extremely careful if you are contacted by law… Read More »

Court-Appointed Lawyer Cuts Slash Freedoms Too

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

It’s no secret that court appointed lawyers are overworked, underpaid and without the time and other resources to provide the same level of representation as private lawyers. Court-appointed lawyers are not well-paid and their pay will continue to suffer if mega budget cuts take shape as planned next year. The federal public defender offices… Read More »

Police Cheek Swabs for DNA

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Police could wander through your private property at any time without the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches. Thanks to the Fourth Amendment, search of your property requires a warrant signed by a judge. But what if police officers were allowed to swab your cheeks after your arrest for DNA identification? Would you find… Read More »

Police Search Without Warrant

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

In the case of Terry v. Ohio in 1968, detective Martin McFadden was patrolling around his neighborhood one afternoon. After watching two men he’d never seen before, he observed these men pace back and forth in front of the same store over 24 times. When the detective saw the two men talking to each… Read More »

More Accepted to DUII Diversion Program

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

May 16, 2013 saw Governor Kitzhaber sign HB 2773 into law which expands the DUII Diversion Program to include defendants who in the past were excluded. Now, defendants who had completed a treatment program related to past charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Possession of Less Than an Ounce will not be… Read More »

U.S. Attorney General “Too many people go to too many prisons for far too long”

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

“Too many people go to too many prisons for far too long for no good law enforcement reason.… Statutes passed by legislatures that mandate sentences, irrespective of the unique facts of an individual case, too often bear no relation to the conduct at issue, breed disrespect for the system, and are ultimately counterproductive. It… Read More »

Federal Pardon Power Rarely Used

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The United States Constitution grants the President the sole power to pardon a person convicted of a federal crime. Historically, the pardon power has been used to correct injustice and right wrongs. However, under the Obama administration, the pardon power is rarely used. President Obama has pardoned less than 25 people since he took… Read More »

Oregon Governor Pardon – Simple Process, Difficult Result

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The Oregon Constitution gives the Governor the sole power to grant a pardon to a person convicted of a crime in Oregon. Oregon law details how a person can apply to the Governor for a pardon. It is a relatively simple process. However, granting a pardon is not the norm. To apply for a… Read More »

Restore Your Gun Rights

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

If you have been convicted of a felony, then it is illegal for you to possess a firearm. However, there is a process for getting your gun rights back. To be eligible to get your gun rights back, you must meet the following requirements: Your Oregon felony conviction must not have involved harm to… Read More »

$13.2 Million Awarded to Man Wrongly Convicted

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

The City of Cleveland, Ohio was ordered to pay $13.2 million to David Ayers, a man wrongly convicted of aggravated murder who spent 11 years in prison. Ayers brought a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Cleveland, claiming that law enforcement officers had framed him because he is gay. In 2000, Ayers was… Read More »

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