One rarely has a more pressing need for legal representation than when one becomes involved in the criminal justice system. From the very moment of the first adversarial contact with a police officer, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the process, which can be, by turns, frustrating, intimidating and oppressive. An accusation of a criminal offense can’t help but place a tremendous amount of stress on a person. Fortunately, the Constitutions of both the United States and the State of Oregon provide that all criminal defendants, regardless of the seriousness of the charge – from a relatively minor traffic infraction to a major felony – are entitled to legal counsel to defend against the charge and to negotiate or fight for a fair resolution of the case.
It is also unfortunately true that the process makes mistakes: sometimes the wrong person is convicted, or the process whereby someone was convicted was illegal, unconstitutional or just plain unfair. Some of those mistakes can be avoided and some of those that weren’t avoided can be corrected on appeal or post-conviction relief.
In any event, at all stages of the process, it is imperative that one has a lawyer who is familiar with the law, familiar with the process and in whom one can place one’s trust. Michael E. Rose, a respected criminal defense lawyer with more than three decades of experience, handles the firm's criminal and traffic cases at the pre-trial, trial, appellate and post-trial levels.
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