When people in Oregon have been convicted of committing a crime, it is hoped that authorities put adequate time and analysis into drawing a conclusion. However, there are undoubtedly times when false witness reports, inadequate evidence and even shoddy investigative work can ultimately lead to the unfair conviction of an innocent person.
Netflix recently released a new documentary following two crimes in Ada, Oklahoma that occurred in the early 1980’s. The documentary, The Innocent Man provides a well-researched account of a crime that was terribly mishandled by law enforcement and which later revealed corruption within the local justice department.
If you have decided to have a few drinks and then get behind the wheel, you are asking for trouble if you are pulled over. In a severe incident, your impairment could affect your ability to make important decisions while you are driving and you could end up in an unfortunate accident. At David J. Celuch, we have helped many people in Oregon to work through a DUI conviction.
Since you have been released from your time serving behind bars in Oregon, you have been working to rebuild your life and begin to provide for yourself independent of the support of others. One of the first steps you are taking is to find yourself a job that will provide you with opportunities to strengthen your skills, form relationships and make money. Working around your criminal record may seem daunting at first, but with the right strategies and your integrity, you do not have to let your past hold you back.
There are countless problems with the American prison system, first and foremost, too many people are imprisoned. For the over two million people incarcerated in the U.S., too many either didn’t commit the crime or they are serving more time than fits the crime.
A recent news article shared with the world the story of John Bunn, who was convicted as a 14-year-old for a robbery and murder he didn’t commit. For 27 years he carried that wrongful conviction before being exonerated in May 2018. According to the article, Bunn has now found success as an entrepreneur. He started a business that provides books and promotes literacy at Rikers Island Prison and in under-resourced communities.
This fall, Oregon became the only state that allows non-unanimous guilty verdicts. Louisiana passed Amendment 2 on November 6th. The amendment requires unanimous jury decisions for guilty verdicts. Louisiana had been the only other state in the country to allow split jury verdicts.
According to Responsibility.org, 47 states and the District of Columbia have laws in place to discourage and penalize individuals who jeopardize the welfare of children under the age of 18. These laws aim to prevent adults from driving under the influence with young people in the vehicle. Oregon is one of these states. 42 states have laws that mandate enhanced penalties for DUI convictions that involve a child passenger. Again, Oregon is one of them.
If you have been arrested for and charged with suspected driving under the influence of intoxicants in Oregon, you are far from alone. Despite the many stereotypes that abound, the fact remains that many highly responsible and respected people find themselves in this situation. It is important for you to learn about the elements involved in your arrest and how you may defend yourself.