Criminal defense law consists of the legal protections afforded to those individuals accused of committing a crime. For a person to be convicted of a crime, the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Criminal offenses are those that violate public law. The law classifies criminal offenses into two different categories depending on their severity: misdemeanors and felonies.
What is a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors are crimes for which the punishment is up to 364 days in the county jail. Although less serious than felony offenses, the punishment for misdemeanor offenses may also include a variety of other hardships such as: community service, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, classes and counseling related to your offense (such as Anger Management Class and/or Batterer’s Intervention Classes), suspension of your driver’s license, restriction on your right to travel out of state, electronic monitoring, and other types of punishments.
Class C misdemeanors are punishable by up to thirty (30) days in jail and a fine not to exceed $1,250;
Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six (6) months in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,500; and
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine not to exceed $6,250.
What is a Felony?
Felonies are criminal offenses for which the statutory punishment is in excess of one year in prison. A person may also lose some or all of their civil liberties, such as the right to own a handgun, if they are convicted of this type of crime.
Class A felonies are punishable by up to twenty (20) years in prison and a fine of up to $375,000;
Class B felonies are punishable by up to ten (10) years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000;
Class C felonies are punishable by up to five (5) years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.
What role does a criminal defense attorney play?
A criminal defense attorney plays an important role in one’s life. When one has been accused of a crime it is not uncommon for their stress and anxiety to be at the some of the highest levels of their lives. A criminal defense attorney’s role is to educate them about the criminal justice system and strengths and weaknesses of their legal issues. Ultimately, we try to ease the stress of a criminal accusation by keeping our client informed of their case status, and being a zealous advocate for our clients in all forums. Aubrey Hoffman is prepared to fight for your rights and assure a top level of representation.
Why hire Aubrey Hoffman?
My background, experience, familiarity with the system, and knowledge within the legal, law enforcement, judicial, and prosecuting community makes me thoroughly familiar with how the government handles criminal cases. My vast understanding of the criminal justice system, having handled many types of cases over the years, provides my clients the security and understanding that they are always in extremely capable, understanding, and caring hands. From routine misdemeanors to the most complex and serious felony charges, Aubrey Hoffman is there for you.
I will aggressively fight to protect your rights and liberty. Whether it is negotiating the most favorable resolution with a prosecutor, preparing Motions to Dismiss or Motions to Suppress Evidence to argue before a Judge, conducting our own pre-arrest investigation to counter or explain a police investigation, handling discovery throughout the case, or preparing a case for trial, I have the resources, experience, and knowledge to provide my clients with strong and appropriately aggressive representation that effectively serves their interests and protects their rights.
Arrested in Oregon?
Being arrested or subject to a criminal investigation is an extremely stressful event in anyone’s life and in their family’s life. Facing an uncertain future with immense financial, personal, and professional implications usually takes a very high toll in the lives of all those involved including the person being prosecuted, their spouse, children, and other relatives. Aubrey Hoffman is sensitive to all of the serious repercussions and consequences that an arrest and criminal charges may have on your life. Your arrest and what it means is the major consideration and oftentimes includes your family, career, reputation, and finances. I get it and I am here for you.
My knowledge and experience allows me to know what approach to take with your case. I will work for you and with you to help you understand the charges you are facing and will organize your defense so that important legal decisions can be made.