The potential impact of Missouri v. McNeely is so far-reaching, that I feel it is necessary to break it down over several posts. For some background on the case, a man (Mr. McNeely) in Missouri was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. He submitted to field sobriety tests and performed poorly. He was [...]
The Oregon Court of Appeals recently upheld a fine imposed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (known as BOLI) against a dentist who made his assistant attend a Scientology-themed conference against her will. BOLI is a state agency that, among other things, investigates civil rights violations in the workplace.
The recent and tragic events in Boston along with the subsequent capture of one of the perpetrators has raised questions and stimulated some public debate about whether it is legal to decline to read a criminal suspect his Miranda rights.
A person does not technically have a right to receive a Miranda warning just because they have been [...]
An Oregon sheriff’s deputy recently made headlines when he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge, ending his career in law enforcement. The case highlights the intersection between domestic violence–something people often think of as being confined to the home, though it isn’t–and employment. But while this story involves an alleged abuser losing his [...]
Oregon law prohibits a person from driving a vehicle if they are under the influence of “alcohol, a controlled substance, or an inhalant,” or any combination of the three. However, House Bill 2115 would change that, expanding the definition of driving under the influence to include “any other drug.”
The word “drug” would [...]
In many instances, when a person is charged with relatively minor misdemeanors, a District Attorney will reduce those charges to violations. Usually, this is great news to share with your client, or to learn about your case if you are representing yourself. Being convicted of a crime can result in a jail sentence, supervised probation, [...]
As a Portland criminal defense attorney, I am often asked how one can maintain their privacy online. A pseudonym is a good start, but any person on the internet with a fake name is usually still able to be located by their IP address. Luckily, the internet and its users truly do have an [...]
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 8, 2011. Due to a technical error, the original links have been disabled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As the legislative session is coming to an end, Oregon lawmakers are considerin House Bill 3664, which would add several new restrictions to Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA). A [...]
The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed a lawsuit against a school district in Minnesota that’s been somewhat notorious for failing to stop harassment and bullying of its students, especially students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered. The complaint against the district seeks legal recourse based [...]
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 24, 2012. Due to a technical error, the original links have been disabled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
House Bill 4146 passed the Oregon Senate yesterday and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. This law removes the current five-year waiting period for expungement, which means that any [...]
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- Do We Need a Parenting Coordinator?
- Oregon expands availability of DUII Diversion program
- I have to give them what?!? Divorce and Discovery
- Is a threat to disclose an STD “Abuse” under Oregon’s FAPA statute?
- Even employees with alcoholism are entitled to dignity, not discrimination, in the workplace