How the appeals process works

In Oregon, the verdict of a trial court is not the final say when a defendant is convicted of a crime. Instead, a defendant has the right to appeal their conviction if they believe that the trial court made an error. They may even have multiple courts that they can...

The problem with breathalyzers

Nobody should drink and drink, but we would all be fools not to admit that many people do drink while intoxicated. Sometimes the driver only had a couple of drinks and paired it with a meal and a glass of water. Other times the driver had few happy hour drinks without...

Rights under the Fifth Amendment

In Oregon and across the U.S., individuals have the right to “plead the Fifth” when in police custody or in court. When exercising this Fifth Amendment right, a person may choose not to answer questions related to his or her arrest. This right is granted...