Depending on the situation, a person can be charged with assault because of an alleged act of violence or because of a reported threat of violence. Unfortunately, sometimes the “victim” (or complainant) in an assault case is actually the perpetrator. In any assault case, it is essential to talk to an experienced lawyer before you talk to the police about anything. Whatever you say could be misconstrued, misquoted or otherwise used against you. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors can rush to judgment about matters they don’t fully understand.
Particularly in Oregon domestic violence cases, robbery cases and situations involving self-defense, the legal system can punish a person who did nothing illegal. An experienced criminal defense attorney will carefully explore an assault matter, thoroughly investigate the complainant and his or her story, consider all the evidence and develop a strategy for a successful defense. That is what I can do for you if you or a loved one has been accused of assault.
Strong, Focused Defense Against Any Assault Charge
I am attorney Steven J. Sherlag. At the Portland law firm of Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., I provide strong, focused defense representation to men and women accused of assault. I have more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in Oregon. I can help you now if your case involves:
- A minor or serious domestic dispute that led to a police visit and a criminal charge
- A person who lied about you assaulting him or her
- Actions taken in self-defense
- Prior offenses on your record or another party’s record
- A fight with a stranger or an acquaintance
- The influence of alcohol or drugs on an incident
- Assault in the first degree, second degree or third degree
- The presence or use of a weapon
- Sexual assault or rape
A conviction for an assault crime, sometimes known as offenses against persons, can have serious implications. Make sure you have proper legal advice before proceeding.