Being accused of a crime in Oregon is a serious matter; a conviction can result in fines, imprisonment, and collateral damage to your reputation. When your freedom and your future are on the line, it takes an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights.
Hughes Law is a premier criminal defense and cannabis law practice representing clients in Deschutes County and throughout Oregon. We have extensive experience trying cases in state and federal court and a proven history of achieving successful outcomes for our clients.
Regardless of the charges you face, you deserve the powerful representation we provide.
When you consult with us, we will investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and mount an aggressive defense. We regularly handle a wide range of criminal offenses, including:
- Cannabis-related crimes
- DUI (Driving under the influence)
- Drug crimes
- Federal crimes
- White-collar crimes
- Violent crimes
Being accused of a crime does not mean you will be convicted. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can start defending your freedom.
Why Choose Hughes Law for Your Criminal Charges?
If you have been arrested, our experienced criminal defense lawyer will stand by you every step of the way, starting with your arraignment. This is your first court appearance at which you will be formally charged and bail may be set. We will work to secure your release so that you can participate in your defense. It is critically important for you to speak openly with us about your circumstances so that we can better assess your prospects at trial. Above all, we will always put your best interests first and make sure that you are treated fairly.
Innovative Criminal Defense Strategies
At Hughes Law, we know that winning a criminal case comes down to preparation. We start by conducting an extensive investigation, which includes obtaining and reviewing the police report to identify inconsistencies or potential mistakes by law enforcement. Did the police fail to read you your rights? Was evidence obtained without a proper search warrant? Were you coerced into making a confession?
If your civil rights have been violated, we can move to have any evidence suppressed or seek to have the case against you dismissed. In addition, our experienced Oregon criminal defense lawyer will:
- Identify and interview potential defense witnesses
- Collect and preserve evidence
- Challenge any lab results or other evidence collected by law enforcement
- Prepare and file required legal motions
- Represent you at trial
While we are committed to winning an acquittal, we will carefully weigh the evidence against you to determine whether negotiating a plea bargain is a better option.
Our experienced criminal defense attorney, Michael Hughes, has developed working relationships with law enforcement and prosecutors who view him as an honest broker. He takes a tough-minded approach to each case and fights to win.
Although prosecutors have an unfair advantage over criminal defendants, trust Hughes law to level the playing field and assert valid defenses. At the same time, our job is not to prove your innocence. You are presumed to be innocent under the law and prosecutors must be able to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Oregon Cannabis Criminal Defense Lawyer
Although recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, the cannabis industry is heavily regulated:
- Marijuana growers, processors, and sellers must be licensed
- There are limits to the amount you can possess (1 ounce in public, 8 ounces in private)
- You must be 21 or older to buy or sell marijuana
- Sales to minors are prohibited
Moreover, the state takes driving under the influence very seriously. Whether you have been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, cultivating cannabis without a license, marijuana DUII, or any other drug crime, you can count on Hughes Law to vigorously defend you.
Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in Deschutes County, Oregon
Being charged with a federal crime poses unique challenges that can only be handled by a defense attorney with experience trying cases in federal court. The exacting rules of procedure differ from the state courts and any mistakes can be detrimental to your defense.
At Hughes Law, we defend clients against all types of federal crimes, including:
- Bank fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
It is important to note that there are statutory guidelines for determining maximum and minimum sentences in the federal court system, and the penalties for a conviction can be far harsher than those for a state-level crime. The best way to protect your freedom is to have an aggressive federal criminal defense lawyer in your corner.
Contact Our Experienced Oregon Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a crime in Oregon, don’t go it alone. Turn to Hughes Law instead. Our experienced criminal defense attorney has a well-earned reputation as a fierce advocate of the wrongly accused and will work tirelessly to protect your rights. Please contact our office today to set up a consultation.