I had the honor of presenting at the OCDLA Conference on January 27th teaching other lawyers about my cross examination style. Cross examination takes a lot of practice but it can win or help you win a case. It can be an opportunity to either support your narrative of the case through cross examination or destroy the other side’s... Read More
After every trial, I try and reflect on what went well, where I can improve, how I can better prepare a client to testify or about the process and if there is anything to change for my preparation, presentation or investigation. After years of trying cases to juries all over the state of Oregon, watching trials in the various... Read More
Part of a criminal case is determining if a plea agreement is the best option. To effectively counsel a client regarding plea negotiations the lawyer needs to first analyze the factual and legal defenses if the case were to proceed to trial. The lawyer should be able to explain how the case would be argued and assess the strengths... Read More
Diversion is a program that can keep the DUII case from becoming a conviction. Diversion does not erase the arrest or come off the record (DUII arrest can’t be expunged if the case was dismissed through a diversion program). Not all cases are eligible for diversion and not every case should be handled through the diversion program. The attorney... Read More
Lawyers handling criminal cases run into this problem every day, and the answer is simple: don’t talk to the police without an attorney. Just don’t.
Police never come just to “talk with you” if you are a possible criminal suspect. They only come to see you to try and get you to admit you did something wrong, or-worse- to... Read More
In law school students are taught to develop a case theory. The theory is supposed to be a reason you can win the case in an easy to understand explanation to a jury. Although I agree that this is essential to any good trial strategy; I don’t like the term “case theory.” I prefer to think of it as... Read More