City of Portland

Criminal Defense Attorney in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, is the county seat of Multnomah County, situated along the northern border of Oregon. The city is located where the Willamette River, which runs north from the Cascade and Oregon Coast Ranges, meets the Columbia River, which establishes most of the border between the states of Oregon and Washington.

As of the 2010 Census, the population of Portland was 583,776, making it the 29th most populous city in the nation. The overall Portland metropolitan area is home to over two and a quarter million residents.

Criminal Defense in Portland, Oregon

Despite its high population, Portland has a relatively low crime rate when compared to other large cities. According to FBI statistics compiled for 2009, Portland ranked 53rd out of the top 75 cities with populations exceeding one-quarter million residents for violent crime. In addition, Portland has succeeded in lowering its overall crime rate over the last decade, despite its population growth. However, like nearly all major cities, Portland’s crime rate exceeds the national average.

Crimes in Portland are tried in Multnomah County Circuit Court. For criminal cases, the county circuit court conducts pretrial hearings, trials, and sentencing. The main courthouse is located in downtown Portland at:

Multnomah County Courthouse
1021 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204-1123

Multnomah County also has “problem solving courts,” which do not operate like traditional adversarial courts, to handle certain types of crimes such as DUIIs, and some petty crimes. The purpose of such courts is to assist the accused in resolving drinking or other problems, so that they can change their lives rather than become repeat or habitual offenders or gravitate toward more serious crimes.

In addition to the county courthouse, which handles criminal cases based on violations of Oregon law, there is a United States District Court for the District of Oregon courthouse in Portland, which is where federal crimes that occur in the Portland area are prosecuted. The U.S. District Court handles roughly 1,100 federal criminal cases annually, and is located at:

Mark O Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
1000 S.W. Third Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

About Portland

Originally, Portland was home to several native American tribes that lived along the Columbia River. In 1843, a settler named William Overton, with Asa Lovejoy, filed a claim on the land where Portland now sits. Overton later sold his share to Francis Pettygrove. Both Lovejoy, from Boston, Massachussetts, and Pettygrove, from Portland, Maine, wanted to name the new city after their hometown. Francis Pettygrove won the dispute, by virtue of a coin toss, and Portland, Oregon, was incorporated as a city in 1851.

Today, among other things, Portland is renowned for its rose gardens, which is why it is often referred to as the “City of Roses.” Portland is home to the NBA’s Trailblazers and MLS’s Timbers, and has a first-rate reputation for being environmentally “green,” owing to stringent land use controls, a significant investment in public transportation, and ordinances that promote environmental policies. However, despite its strict growth measures, Portland has experienced significant population expansion over the last 30 years, expanding nearly 63% since 1980.

Although a changing business climate encouraged several industries to leave Portland over the last few decades, other businesses have been attracted by the low energy costs, high quality of living, abundant public services, and accessibility to major hubs of transportation, including the Portland International Airport and the Port of Portland, which remains tremendously active despite being 80 miles up the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean. Businesses headquartered in Portland that are familiar to consumers include sporting goods manufacturers Nike, Columbia Sports, Hi-Tec Sports, and Adidas; KEEN, Inc. (footwear); and Leatherman (utility tools).

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If you are facing charges for a serious crime in Portland, Oregon, or elsewhere in Multnomah County, you need the services of a qualified, competent criminal defense attorney. If you have already been arrested, or even if you have only been questioned and believe that charges may be forthcoming, do not delay in obtaining the services of an experienced attorney. No matter how much you may believe the charges are mistaken, exaggerated, or in error, or even if you believe that you have no options but to face conviction, it is essential that you get the advice and assistance of an attorney who understands the ins and outs of the criminal justice system in Multnomah County.

It is always a mistake to face a criminal charge without good legal advice. Any criminal conviction can have a significant impact on your future. Apart from costly fines, punishment may include jail time, community service, and other penalties. What is more, a criminal conviction can have consequences that last far beyond the trial and punishment, such as a damaged reputation, barriers to employment, strained or destroyed personal and family relationships, financial hardships, and other problems. These types of consequences are too serious to leave to chance. By obtaining competent legal counsel right away, your attorney may be able to help you shorten the length of your ordeal, and minimize the negative consequences.

If you need help with a criminal matter in Portland—such as, a DUII arrest, or any other matter—please call the Reynolds Defense Firm at (503) 223-3422, or contact me using the online form on this website for a free initial consultation. I have many years of experience understanding both sides of the criminal law arena, and I can help you to identify and choose the best solution for resolving your legal predicament.

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