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Or maybe you just got accused? What do you do now?

If you have just been arrested or accused of a crime, this is the most crucial and dangerous period of time for you as an individual facing criminal charges. This is the time when you are scared, nervous, and the system has a huge advantage over you.


This is when people get themselves in trouble thinking that they can talk their way out of the situation. You cannot. No matter how much it seems like the officer wants to help you, he does not. Remain silent; don’t give consent for anything; and Contact Siefman Law LLC now for a free consultation. They will know how to help you or know someone who can. Call now (503) 395-2135.

Knowledge Is Power: Know Your Rights

  • You have the right to remain SILENT. Use it.
  • You have the right to refuse consent to search. Use it.
  • You have the right to walk away if you are not under arrest. Ask the officer, “am I under arrest?” If he says no, tell him you would like to leave. If he stops you, don’t resist but remain silent.
  • You have the right to a lawyer; request one, and tell the officers you need to speak to your lawyer before continuing to speak to them. Call Jeff for a consultation and help.

Your behavior is very important; do not flunk the attitude test. You need to remain calm and polite. Do not interfere or obstruct the police. (Exercising your rights listed above is NOT interfering or obstructing.) Do not lie or give false information or documents. Make an accurate record of the events as you remember them and a list of witnesses and people that may have information that could be relevant to your case.

The ACLU has a wealth of information on your rights, how to deal with the police, and a card that you can print and keep in your wallet. Click here.

Our firm represents criminal defendants in a wide range of felony, misdemeanor and violation level criminal charges including: DUI, driving while suspended, drug crimes, alleged violations of The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, sex crimes, probation violations, parole violations, Administrative License Hearings, computer crimes, white collar crimes, and traffic crimes. All criminal cases are unique. The best thing you can do is contact Siefman Law LLC to evaluate the specific facts of your case and recommend a course of action tailored to your specific needs.

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