Violent Crimes

Richard McBreen is dedicated to fighting for those who have been charged with assault or other violent crimes.

Oregon divides assault into four different categories, the level of which is based on the specific facts of each case. The least serious assault crimes in Oregon are treated as Class A misdemeanors, while the most serious assaults are classified as Class A felonies. Some assault cases are classified as Measure 11 offenses.

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Assault charges in Oregon break down as follows:

Assault in the Fourth Degree: involves cases where physical injury was caused intentionally or, if the cause of injury was a deadly weapon, through negligence.

Assault in the Third Degree: involves cases where serious physical injury is caused by reckless actions involving a deadly weapon, in circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, and select other cases.

Assault in the Second Degree: involves cases where serious physical injury was intentionally caused, or where the intentional use of a deadly weapon caused injury.

Assault in the First Degree: involves cases where serious physical injury was intentionally caused through the use of a deadly weapon, as well as several other circumstances.

Though assault cases are taken very seriously, there are a number of defenses potentially available. If you acted in self-defense, or in the defense of another, your case may result in a dismissal or acquittal. Furthermore, if the allegations against you are simply false, our attorneys are prepared to thoroughly investigate every detail in order to demonstrate that your accuser has fabricated or grossly exaggerated the events that gave rise to the charges.

If you or someone you know is charged with assault or another violent crime, you should seek the advice of an attorney immediatelyFacing any type of criminal charge can be stressful and difficult, but we are here to help and to discuss your rights and options under the law.

Please contact us by filling out the form on this website, or calling 503-384-2420 to set up an appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend and evening appointments are available by appointment. We provide free consultations for many cases, so please contact us to see if your case qualifies. We also handle most employment matters on a contingency basis, meaning you pay us no fees until and unless we obtain relief on your behalf. All credit cards are accepted and we are willing to set up payment plans for our qualified clients.