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Law Office of
John E. Gutbezahl, LLC

5 Centerpointe Drive Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035

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Murder Defense Attorney

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Attorney Representation in Portland, Oregon for over 15 years

Aggravated Murder is a matter of life and death. The right attorney can make all the difference.  When the jury comes back with a verdict it means likely you go to prison for at least 30 years or you walk out the door.  Aggravated Murder conviction can be  death, true life (no possibility of parole) or the possibility of parole after 30 years.   My job is walk you out the door.   The right attorney can make the difference between a not guilty or a guilty verdict.

Criminal murder charges require a lawyer experienced in several types of defense

No Case is Actually Life and Death Besides Aggravated Murder.  Your life is actually on the line if you have been charged with this offense which can carry life without the possibility of parole.  You need an attorney who has been successful on both sides of the aisle and who is willing to fight not only at the penalty phase but to get you acquitted or charges dismissed.  There are many defenses available in this type of case.  Do not settle for an attorney who is only interested in settling your case and is looking for a way to plead you out.  John E. Gutbezahl will never settle your case unless absolutely necessary.  Remember a true life sentence is not a sure thing for the State.  You may have an opportunity for acquittal. Even if convicted we will strongly defend you at the penalty phase.

Our Criminal Attorney will provide all legal options for your case

There may also be lesser offenses of Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide available which carry significantly less sentences. The government has investigators and experts so you need them too but most of all you need a lawyer who is not afraid of the courtroom and will never sell you out.  Not all cases are destined for trial but if you have John E. Gutbezahl on your side you will know that you have a fighter in your corner.  Being prepared for trial can force the government into favorable plea negotiations or even outright dismissal. 

How an Oregon Defense Attorney Works

The Law Office of John E. Gutbezahl will assemble the right team of investigators, and forensic experts to mount an attack on the prosecution’s case.  The best defense often times is a good offense and it is important to not wait until the government is ready with its case.  We will identify, locate and subpoena witnesses who will help our case and provide an attack on the state’s forensic evidence.  Also we will investigate the government’s witnesses to determine bias, motive or outright dishonesty.  There are many defenses available including self defense, alibi and lack of intent.  Do not give up your right to trial without a fight!  We will have experienced investigators and experts fighting the State every step of the way.  Often times the best defense is a good offense.  I do not You are innocent unless and until proven guilty.  

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Your liberty and your life are at stake. Protect your rights. Contact the Law Office of John E. Gutbezahl immediately at 503.594.1919. Credit cards are accepted.