If you were charged with a criminal offense in Oregon, you may have questions. The circumstances of each arrest differ and the answers below will not apply to every situation. Strong legal representation from Harris, Wyatt & Amala early on can help you determine the best course of action.

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Should I Speak With A Police Officer After An Arrest?

Speaking with law enforcement without an attorney present is not advisable. Law enforcement can misconstrue your words, using them against you later in court. You are not required to give a statement and have the right to remain silent.

What Happens After An Arrest?

Lesser charges often result in a citation or release agreement that directs you to appear in court at a set date. Arrests for felony charges generally lead to formal booking into police custody followed by an arraignment hearing. At the hearing you will learn the charge and the amount of your bail.

Do I Need To Hire An Attorney If I Plan On Pleading Guilty?

Representing yourself in court is never a good idea, regardless of what type of plea you plan to enter. A criminal defense attorney can negotiate a lesser charge, or even a dismissal if law enforcement violated your rights.

Should I Take A Plea Bargain If Offered?

Make sure it serves your best interests. Evaluate your options carefully with a lawyer. Agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser charge will still have short- and long-term consequences.

What Is The Difference Between Parole And Probation?

Parole is a conditional return to society after serving time. Probation is a type of sentence imposed on offenders instead of incarceration. Both are supervised and require the offender to follow rules and restrictions. Failure to comply can result in incarceration for the remainder of the sentence.

Is It Possible To Have My Arrest Or Conviction Expunged?

Expungement of an arrest or conviction removes it from your record. Not all crimes are eligible for expungement, including traffic offenses. Waiting periods for arrests and convictions differ.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, contact our firm today. If your criminal defense FAQs were not answered on this page, please call us to get your questions answered. Call our Salem office at 866-364-4872 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation.