Can I get my sentence reduced now that Senate Bill 819 is in effect?

As of January 1, 2022, some people who are currently serving time in Oregon state prisons will be able to formally petition their original DA’s offices for sentence reductions. Every DA’s office will be handling these requests differently, but here in Lane County, they have just issued a POLICY Here is a summary:  WHO SHOULD APPLY: People who have been convicted of drug crimes, especially possession and/or marijuana-related crimes, property offenses, and other non-violent felonies who got unusually long sentences and who have already… Read More

Disability vs. Personality

In State v. Craigen 296 Or App 772 (March 27, 2019), the Court of Appeals held that the trial Court had erred when it determined that evidence of defendant’s depression and brain injury could not be considered in connection with defendant’s EED (Extreme Emotional Disturbance) defense. Under Oregon case law, a defendant’s “personal characteristics” are… Read More

“Warrior or Diplomat?” An interesting article about public defenders

Courthouse ‘Warrior’ or Diplomat? The Public Defender’s Challenge “In every courthouse where criminal cases are heard, there are damaged or apathetic individuals who have been granted power over the lives of impoverished clients, who enjoy their roles, and who abuse their authority at leisure from positions of complete security.” Appropriate response unclear but certainly worth… Read More