The founder of our firm, attorney James A. Arneson, has effectively defended clients throughout the state of Oregon against a wide range of criminal charges since 1977. He is a past President of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer Association and has served on the State Sentencing Guidelines Board. Arneson currently sits on the State Board of the Oregon Civil Liberties Union, and was previously on the Board for six years.
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Here are a few to get you started:
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can: