Facing criminal charges can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, and a criminal conviction can have serious and long-term consequences. Having an experienced attorney who will aggressively fight for your rights can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Gilbert Law LLC and attorney George Gilbert are here to help you find a solution to your criminal law problems. We handle misdemeanor and felony level criminal matters throughout Oregon. Some of our practice areas are listed below. If you don't see what you're looking for, call 503.893.2529 or email to ask how we can help.
Assault, domestic violence, and other person crimes
Causing injury to someone else can result in charges of assault, with the level of the charge depending on the severity of the injury and the factual circumstances of the crime. All of these circumstances potentially create factual and legal issues, as well as defenses. Assault is considered a "person crime," which generally includes violent crimes against another person. If there's a qualifying relationship between the accused and the alleged victim, such as between spouses or intimate partners, it may be possible for the crime to be charged as "domestic violence." A domestic violence conviction can have serious consequences, and it can affect your right to own a firearm. George understands that assault and domestic violence crimes are never as simple and straightforward as they are charged, and he knows how to carefully investigate a case, in order to uncover the truth of what really happened, so you can present the best case possible. Call 503.893.2529 or email now to schedule a free phone consultation.
Burglary, robbery, and other theft crimes
Entering or remaining in a building with the intent to commit a crime can result in burglary charges, with the degree depending on the circumstances -- such as whether a dangerous weapon is used -- existing at the time of commission. Theft or attempted theft, combined with the use or threat of the use of force, can in certain circumstances result in robbery charges, with the degree depending on facts such as, for example, whether a weapon is used, someone else aids in the commission of the crime, or someone is seriously injured. Theft can simply mean to take, appropriate, obtain or withhold property from the owner. The degree of theft charged will depend of the value of the property involved or other circumstances. Burglary, robbery, and theft are property crimes. There are defenses specific to theft crimes. A careful investigation can reveal other potential defenses and trial strategies. Whether you plan to accept a plea offer or take your case to trial, talking with an knowledgeable and skilled criminal justice lawyer early on is always a good idea. George handles all types of property crimes. Call 503.893.2529 or email now to schedule a free phone consultation.
Driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUII or DUI)
Commonly called "drunk driving" or "DUI," in Oregon the crime of driving under the influence of an intoxicant is called "DUII." DUII includes driving under the influence of alcohol, but it also includes driving under the influence of marijuana, also known as cannabis, or any other drug that is a "controlled substance" under the law. "Under the influence" means adversely affected to a noticeable and perceptible degree or, in the case of alcohol cases, having a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more. Sometimes diversion is available. But even when diversion is available, defenses may apply. Defenses include attacking the state's proof of the elements of the crime, such as impairment at the same time as driving. Trial strategies may also involve suppressing, or excluding from trial, illegally obtained evidence or evidence that violates the defendant's constitutional or statutory rights. For example, the results of field sobriety tests and breath tests, as well as refusals to perform these tests, may be subject to suppression. Whether you are charged with your first misdemeanor DUII or a felony DUII, having an a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help you get the best result possible. George will treat you with the attention you deserve, and he will negotiate a resolution of your case or take it to trial if that's what needs to happen. Call 503.893.2529 or email now to schedule a free phone consultation.
Drugs or controlled substances
Possession, manufacture, delivery, or distribution of drugs or controlled substances can be a criminal offense. The level of the offense depends on how the controlled substance is classified, as well as the circumstances of the offense. For example, all things being equal, delivery of methamphetamine is more serious than delivery of marijuana, because methamphetamine is classified as Schedule I, whereas marijuana is classified as Schedule II. Similarly, drug crimes that involve the sale of drugs to those under 18 will often be bumped up one level in severity than would be the case for a sale to an adult. Whatever the charges, being accused of a drug crime is a serious matter, and you shouldn't leave the outcome of your case to chance. Place your confidence is George, who will work with you to formulate a successful strategy for your case. Call 503.893.2529 or email now to schedule a free phone consultation.
Rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, and other sex crimes
There are many crimes under Oregon law that are considered "sex crimes." Like other crimes, most types of sex crimes have a variety of degrees, which will depend on the circumstances of the crime or the characteristics of the alleged victim. All sex crimes, however, require sex offender registration and cannot be expunged. For these reasons alone -- not to mention possible prison time that is at stake -- sex crime allegations need to be taken seriously. Don't leave your fate to chance, let George take control of your case and your future. Call 503.893.2529 or email now to schedule a free phone consultation.
Vehicle and driving crimes
Hit and run, called failure to perform the duties of a driver in Oregon, driving while suspended, vehicular assault, reckless driving, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer are some of the traffic crimes -- other than drunk driving -- that a person can be charged with. In addition to criminal penalties, convictions for these crimes can result in a DMV suspension of a person's driver's license. Because driving is so important to so many people, whether those people drive professionally or not, this can be an important consideration in deciding how to resolve a case. George will investigate all your options, then help you weigh the different considerations, so you can confidently set the course to resolving your case. Call 503.893.2529 or email now to schedule a free phone consultation.