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...

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...

The power of writ

By United States law, every citizen has the right to a free and fair trial. Yet you may have had your day in court and felt that your attorney made mistakes when defending you. Or you may have faced a judge who presided with partiality, determined to rule against you...