Pretrial Release Decision (Bail and Oregon Court Pretrial Services in felony cases)

Your Oregon attorney can move the court for pretrial release, to reduce bail, or otherwise move to modify onerous pretrial release conditions. Most Oregon counties have true judicial scrutiny of the bail amounts and release decisions. Many counties do not and have been under increased scrutiny for their failure to have an elected judge truly review the release decisions by the unelected bureaucrats at Pretrial Services, an arm of the circuit court.

Setting of Bail Amounts and Motion to Reduce Bail

Bail in some counties is set in accordance with their Uniform Security Release Schedule, which, in Lane County, Oregon, in particular, has been effective since 1998. The bail amounts are set on the basis of the accused being a low, medium or high risk, but those “risk” assessments are often arbitrary and secret. The Lane County court, acting like a secret tribunal, took the position in October 2010 that the results of the pretrial questionaire were somehow protected by judicial privilege. This put the Lane County Circuit Court in the position of convening a secret tribunal regarding release decisions if the accused is not even privy to the information being relied upon. The Oregon Department of Justice has even gone so far as to file a motion to quash any efforts to subpoena those documents.

Choosing an Oregon Criminal Defense Attorney

When your liberty is in jeopardy due to a criminal case, it is important to invest in an Oregon criminal defense lawyer who will give your case the attention that it and you deserve. You need to make an informed decision about the merits and hazards of a jury trial versus the advantages of plea negotiations.

Eugene attorney Michael Arnold regularly tries cases before juries. As a former Eugene city prosecutor, he is well versed in the strategies and tactics that prevail at trial. Mr. Arnold does exclusively retained cases and does no court appointed defense work.

If you or someone you know in Eugene or throughout western or southern Oregon who needs the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call attorney Mike Arnold today at 541-797-0110. Text or call 24/7.