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Defending a Drug Cases That Involve Illegal Police

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

When an individual has been stopped by a police officer, they may seek to keep any evidence that is found as a result of the stop, from being used against them. For example, consider if a person is stopped without reason and then taken out of his car and searched. During the search, drugs… Read More »

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“You do have the right to remain silent:” Requirements of a Miranda warning

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Anyone who has watched a crime drama on television is familiar with the ubiquitous Miranda warning, however, many may not fully understand the history or importance of the rights advisory. The Miranda decision provided a clear rule prohibiting coercion during interrogations (for example, questioning related to a theft or property crime). The warning set… Read More »

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Defense attorney Mark Cogan gets his day in court and beats a speeding ticket

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Mark Cogan is a well-known defense attorney and savvy enough to know that a defendant needs a good lawyer. And it paid off Friday morning, when a Clackamas County judge dismissed a year-old speeding ticket. Cogan was cited by a photo-radar unit on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard near downtown Milwaukie in July 2012. That stretch… Read More »

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State of Oregon vs. Ramiro Quiroz Hernandez

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

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 defendant in a sex case, specifically related to the alleged defendant’s motivation for making a false charge against our client. The defense… Read More »

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DRIVER’S LICENSE AT RISK DUE TO HEALTH CHALLENGES?

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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