When people are hit with a misdemeanor offense in Oregon for the first time, depending on the reason why they were cited in the first place, their consequences could be anything from a legal fine to a more serious consequence. In some circumstances, people may be able to negotiate a settlement on the fine they have received to reduce its impact on their long-term financial standing.
When you face charges for a crime you did not commit, you trust that the criminal justice system will uncover the truth and restore your freedom. However, due to a number of factors, wrongful convictions can occur.
Since 1989, 2,468 people have been exonerated of their crimes nationwide. This number accumulates to over 21,000 years of life lost in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. An average of nearly nine years lost per case.