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Recent Study Reveals that People of Color Are Under-Reporting Crimes Where They Are Victims

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Recent Study Reveals that, in the Portland area, People of Color Are Under-Reporting Crimes Where They Are Victims One legacy of systemic racism in the legal system is that people of color are less likely to report instances where they are victims of crime. According to a recent study, people of color within the… Read More »

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Portland State University Finally Disarms Campus Police

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Bowing to community pressure, Portland State University police have finally been disarmed. It has been two years since Jason Washington, a 45-year old Black man was shot and killed by Portland State campus police officers. Due to the tragic circumstances of Mr Washington’s death, PSU students have since combatted the use of patrol officers’… Read More »

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Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott is Seeking to Spare the Life of Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Julius Jones

By Mark C. Cogan, P.C. |

Dallas Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott has written to Oklahoma’s Governor and Board of Parole in petitioning to overturn the execution of Julius Jones, a Black man who has been sitting on Death Row since 2002. Prescott, who is a part of the massive cultural movement seeking to counteract racism in this country, speaks for… 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 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 criminal defense 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 is done to job seekers by flawed and unreliable data — a common problem with such services — can be devastating. This… Read More »

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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 DUII case was dismissed may face problems entering Canada. If you are seeking to enter Canada and you… Read More »

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