Homicide - Sherlag Attorney at Law Portland, OR
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Dedicated Advocacy Against Homicide And Violent Crime Charges

Standing up for your rights against homicide or other violent crimes is essential to preserve your freedoms. I, Steven J. Sherlag, understand the severe consequences you may face if you are convicted. Oregon has strict mandatory sentencing guidelines on serious violent crimes. You could experience up to 25 years in prison without time off for good behavior or other reduced sentencing benefits. Oregon is also a death penalty state, making it critical to have an attorney in your corner who will do everything to tenaciously fight your charges at every single turn.

At my law office, Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., I have extensive experience handling high-stakes jury trials. I take great pride in my role as your voice and advocate during your criminal case. With a holistic approach, I respect and honor my role as your advocate. I have been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, have been awarded the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and have even been asked to teach other attorneys how to properly defend clients in court. Please contact me to discuss your case today with an experienced and well-respected criminal defense lawyer.

Pure Dedication To Your Cause And Your Defense

As a proven and dedicated criminal defense attorney, I understand that many violent crimes involve highly emotional situations. I never place judgment on my clients’ actions or circumstances, and always fight hard to protect my clients’ rights and minimize consequences.

I prepare every case for trial from day one to demonstrate to the court that I am ready, willing and able to fight for my clients. With that respect, I never back down from the prosecution. I will evaluate every aspect of your case to determine the best course of action.

I possess extensive knowledge in both constitutional law and criminal defense. I will evaluate your case from every angle to determine if police followed correct procedures and to uncover all possible defense options. I understand that police make mistakes and sometimes push the boundaries of proper police conduct. I will review every detail to pursue suppression of illegally obtained evidence, as well as the dismissal of your case.

I am committed to protecting your rights at every stage, not because it is my job, but because it is my calling.

Extensive And Complete Representation

At the law office of Steven J. Sherlag, I provide you with more than 20 years of successful experience. As a dedicated Portland attorney, I have taken countless cases to trial. I have:

  • Had clients cleared by a Grand Jury
  • Had clients’ cases dismissed before trials
  • Cleared clients’ records completely, even their arrests
  • Negotiated plea deals to reduce charges
  • Minimized clients’ consequences

My extensive criminal defense representation includes:

  • Homicide
  • Vehicular homicide
  • DUII plus serious injury
  • Aggravated murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Negligent homicide
  • Juvenile defense
  • Murder defense
  • Accidental shootings
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Child sex abuse

Thorough Investigations — Because Your Life Hangs In The Balance

I recognize that homicide and other violent crimes are often approached incorrectly by the police and other law enforcement personnel. Circumstances can be misread, creating opportunities to demonstrate the complexities of the situation to the prosecution and build a solid defense. I understand how to dig through misconceptions and misinformation to unearth facts and details to support my clients’ defense strategies.

My first step is to take control of legal triage. I attack the government’s case from every angle to uncover the best defense strategy. My investigative team dissects witness statements to determine credibility or biases. I will also bring in appropriate experts to review the evidence and support your defense. My thorough investigations have been proven effective in trial. They also help me negotiate:

  • Lesser sentences
  • Dismissal of evidence or charges
  • Reduction of charges
  • Parole
  • Probation