Top Lake Oswego Hate Crime Lawyers Near You

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Law Offices of William Bruce Shepley

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Lake Oswego, OR

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503-683-3967

Experience, Dedication and Commitment to Protect those Charged with Criminal Offenses

My promise to each of my clients is my very best effort to prevent or end the prosecution against them completely and, in those cases where this is not entirely possible, to minimize the impact of the criminal justice system on their lives. I represent each client with both short term and long term objectives in mind. Every effort is made to resolve cases before they …

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Jeffrey L. Olson, Attorney at Law

Hate Crime Lawyer | Lake Oswego, OR

503-974-6896

Serving the Tri-County Area and Beyond for Nearly 20 Years!

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Shelley L. Fuller, P.C.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Lake Oswego, OR

Clients Who Count. A Lawyer Who Cares. Representation That Makes A Difference.

Hate Crime Lawyers in Lake Oswego

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Lake Oswego Hate Crime Information

Have You Been Charged With a Hate Crime?

If you are convicted of a hate crime, your punishment can be increased and you could face serious time in prison. Call a Lake Oswego attorney skilled in the defense of hate crimes to ensure you receive the best representation and avoid being sentenced to an enhanced penalty.

Types of Hate Crimes

A hate crime is an unlawful act motivated by bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. A "hate" offense is not in and of itself a crime, but the charge enhances the possible penalties. Once the prosecutor has proved that a defendant committed a crime and the offense was motivated by hate toward a specific group or characteristic, the severity of the punishment increases.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney?

In general, how much an attorney costs will often depend on these four factors: billing method and pricing structure, type of legal work performed, law firm prestige, and attorney experience. Depending on the legal issue you are facing, an attorney may bill you by the hour, settle on a flat fee, or enter into a contingency fee agreement. The type of legal work you need help with will also play a role in cost incurred.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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