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What Should I Look for When Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer in Oregon?

Getting arrested and processed by law enforcement, spending the night in jail, missing work, and having an extended amount of time to agonize over the unknown is both physically and emotionally exhausting. What is going to happen to me? Can I face these charges alone? Should I hire a criminal defense attorney?

If you under a criminal investigation, or if you have been charged with a crime, from white collar crimes to violent crimes and DUIs to federal crimes throughout Oregon, you are going to need a criminal defense attorney who can design a personalized strategy for your legal success. The next question becomes, how do I find the right lawyer for my case?

At Mark C. Cogan, P.C., our Oregon criminal defense attorneys have several tips on what to look for when you need legal help, so you get the best representation available for your case.

Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Is Experienced with Your Charges

All criminal defense attorneys are not created equal. Some focus on DUI cases, and others on drug crimes. While each may have the legal ability to argue your case, finding an experienced defense attorney who has a proven track record with your type of charges is paramount to your success.

Our lead criminal defense lawyer, Mark C. Cogan, has been practicing exclusively in criminal defense for more than 35 years.

We know the criminal court system. We know the prosecutors. We know the judges.

This gives our law firm the ability to design the best defense and overall outcome available for our clients based on their unique legal needs.

Look for An Attorney Who Will Protect Your Rights & Your Future

Our experience inside and outside the courtroom provides protection for our clients against heavy penalties waged by the prosecutor’s office not only in Portland and Multnomah County, but throughout the State of Oregon.

If you were pulled over without probable cause, or were subjected to an unlawful search and seizure, we will expose the authorities responsible for violating your rights, and suppress the evidence collected during their illegal search.

We will review your complete case from the its investigation, arrest, evidence collection, and witness statements to ensure no detail is left to chance.

Our Oregon criminal defense attorneys work tirelessly to accomplish the best outcome available for your case, which can include:

  • Getting your charges reduced, and keeping a felony off your criminal record
  • Getting your penalties lessened, allowing you to avoid jailtime or harsh punishments
  • Getting your case dismissed for unlawful police procedures or lack of evidence, saving you from the negative impact of a criminal conviction

Criminal charges that remain on your record can disrupt your life, and ability to keep your current job or find a new one. They can complicate your social standing in the community and interrupt your professional credentials and licenses. We want to help you avoid the pitfalls of your potential criminal charges by designing a defense that delivers positive results for your unique case.

Discover the Value of a Criminal Defense Attorney’s Trust, Advice & Direction

It is important to understand that you are more than just your charges, which is why you should look for a sincere partnership with a defense attorney who understands you.

You are going to need more than a skilled attorney by your side, but one who will make sense of your charges using communication tools that fit your needs and allows you to understand each aspect of your case.

Our criminal defense attorneys at Mark C. Cogan, P.C., remain in constant communication with our clients regarding the next and best steps to proceed with their case, so they can make informed decisions about their future.

This could include establishing a plea bargain with the prosecutor’s office or going to court to fight for your freedom. Both you and your case are unique, and we will treat both accordingly.

When Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney in Oregon?

Choosing the best time to partner with a criminal defense attorney is different for everyone.

Many of our clients have retained our services before being arrested, which allowed our law firm to proactively prevent the prosecutor’s office from filing official charges against them. This approach provides more than protection from criminal charges, but the ability to avoid the humiliation of taking time away from work or family for court appearances.

Other clients may not foresee legal trouble on the horizon, which is why we recommend partnering with our firm as soon as the services of an experienced and resourceful defense attorney are required — which could mean after being arrested.

No matter your legal scenario, the quicker we can get involved in your case, the sooner we can assess the investigation or arrest, evidence, and potential charges you face, so we can begin building your case to achieve the best outcome available for your distinct circumstances.

If you believe criminal charges may be filed against you, or if you have been arrested for any reason, contact our Portland, Oregon criminal defense attorneys at Mark C. Cogan, P.C. at (503) 827-8092 to schedule a free consultation today and learn how we can provide the a customized approach to producing solutions for your unique case.

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