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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 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 »

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 »

Protecting Attorney-Client Privileged Information

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

By Guest Attorney, Janet Hoffman The decision by Parrish Bennette’s attorneys not to reveal the location of Yashanee Vaughn’s body for more than four months has generated an enormous amount of public scorn. Some have even suggested passing legislation requiring disclosure of this type of information in the future. This reaction is understandable; whenever… Read More »

Marijuana – State vs. Federal Law

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

In the 2012 General Election, Washington and Colorado both passed laws that make it legal for individuals over the age of 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana, even without a medical card. Oregon also had that law on the ballot, and the voters turned it down. So the law in Oregon remains the… Read More »

Accuracy Criminal Background Reports

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

For far too long, the federal government has neglected its responsibility for regulating the companies that provide criminal background checks used by 9 in 10 companies to screen job applicants. The damage done to job seekers by flawed and unreliable data — a common problem with such services — can be devastating. This week,… Read More »

Canada Entry With Criminal Past

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Any person who wishes to visit Canada must be aware that the Canadian government punishes the crime of driving under the influence much more severely than commonly encountered in the United States. Even a person whose DUI case was dismissed may face problems entering Canada. If you are seeking to enter Canada and you… Read More »

Regain Right to Possess Firearm

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Oregon Law offers three ways for a convicted felon to regain the right to possess a firearm. First, in some cases, a person convicted of a felony can sometimes get a conviction set aside. The Motion to Set Aside is commonly referred to as expungement. The statute which governs the Motion to Set Aside… Read More »

Respect for OCDLA Fighting for Justice

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Political interest groups are known for advancing the personal interests of their members.  Thus, the NRA fights to preserve and protect the Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear arms.  The AMA and ADA seek to advance the economic interests of doctors and dentists.  The NEA can be relied on to advance the… 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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