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Florence Municipal Court Attorneys in Oregon

Pickings are slim at the coast and in Florence, Oregon, for competent and experienced criminal defense attorneys. Oftentimes, it is in an accused’s best interests to hire the best criminal defense attorney and have them appear by phone at preliminary hearings to save you in attorney fees and then only drive over from Eugene for contested hearings and trials.

Florence Muni Court

Most Florence Municipal Court cases involve DUIIs and Reckless Driving. The Florence Police Department typically targets tourists leaving restaurants and bars and then engages in drunk driving investigations, including field sobriety tests (FSTs) and the breathalyzer machine

If you are cited to appear in Florence Municipal Court, you need an attorney. The shtick there is that the Florence City Prosecutor offers you a deal before you have an attorney. This is not the way a real court works. In Lane County Circuit Court and elsewhere in Oreogn, you will have an attorney appointed for you, if you qualify, at this critical court proceeding, the arraignment.  However, to save money for the city and to turn over cases quickly, the Florence court attempts to get you to plead guilty at the first appearance without seeing the police reports or exercising your right to counsel.

The Florence City Prosecutor will tell you that this is a one-time deal and that it disappears if you do not accept the deal. This is not true. This is an old car salesman trick. The salesman doesn’t want you walking off the lot and investigating without taking the deal, because he’s afraid that you will go and compare his deal with another dealer and find out what it’s really worth. That’s what an attorney is for. To tell you if you have a defense or a way to get a better deal vs. try it to a jury.

Countless times we have gotten a better offer or a dismissal after the prosecutor claimed that this was the “best and final” offer.

You need a competent Oregon criminal defense lawyer to advise you on the advantages of taking the deal – to tell you what your case is worth. The attorneys at Arnold Law can assist you with your Florence case. Call 541-338-9111 or live chat with us to the right 24/7.

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  • Representative Cases

    DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants)

    DUII - Eugene Railroad Tracks

    Client accused of driving on to railroad tracks when officer finds client exiting from the driver's side of a vehicle stuck on tracks 1/4 mile from the nearest road. Case dismissed after jury trial after discovery that law enforcement failed to investigate homeless witnesses who remember a woman driving a car through their bedroom at 3 a.m.

    DUII - Cottage Grove Railroad Tracks

    Client accused of turning down railroad tracks by mistake. Client claimed that the actual driver ran away from scene after getting stuck. Mistrial granted by judge then case dismissed after negotiations due to prosecutor failing to disclose a material witness who saw someone running from the direction of client's car a few blocks away from tracks..

    DUII - Refusal Due to Fear of Law Enforcement

    Client refused to blow after having one of friend's homebrew after work. Client's refusal of FSTs and intoxilyzer was due to lack of trust of law enforcement. Jury acquitted (found not guilty) after three hours of deliberations.

    DUII - Springfield Tavern Collision

    Client accused of driving his truck into the side of the bar causing damage and then fleeing scene. Law enforcement arrested him later at his home after he had some drinks at home. After a two-day Springfield Municipal Court jury trial, where cross-examination focused on the police officers' flawed investigation (by failing to investigate client's claims of drinking at home AFTER driving), and after less than thirty minutes of deliberation, the jury found him not guilty of DUII. Client did not testify.

    DUII - Car accident after Ducks game ends with dismissal

    Client was seriously injured and required a hip replacement after a driver ran a stop sign and collided with his car. Despite client not being at fault in the accident, a blood draw at the hospital purportedly showed that client had a greater-than .08% BAC and he was cited for DUII. Arnold Law conducted an investigation of the hospital blood draw procedures and obtained the user guide for the hospital's Beckman Coulter Chemistry Analyzer that was used for the blood test. We were prepared at trial to prove that Client's BAC was on its way up, that there was a delay in blood vial being tested that likely resulted in fermentation of the sample, and that the hospital blood test was not as accurate as a crime lab blood test which was not performed in this case. The case was dismissed two days before the jury trial.

    Diversion-eligible DUI dismissed

    Client accused of DUI after being stopped for entering a crosswalk while stopping at a red light. Client’s breathalyzer result was .05%, and he was still accused of DUII. Case dismissed after client rejected diversion and decided to proceed to trial with aggressive defense strategy and several witnesses willing to testify to his lack of intoxication on the night in question. Case resolved with a plea to a traffic violation and a fine.

    DUII/Hit and Run - Diversion on both counts

    Client accused of Driving while Intoxicated, crashing, and fleeing the scene. Case ended with a diversion on both counts, saving client’s employment and allowing client to have clean criminal record.

    DUII - Protecting professional licensing from state licensing board

    Professional client was accused of driving while intoxicated and crashing into a utility pole with .15% blood alcohol content. Client had prior DUII diversion. Case ended with client being able to keep professional license, dismissal of all citations, and minimum sanctions allowed by law.