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Portland Criminal Attorney

Are you facing criminal charges in Portland, Oregon?

If you’ve found yourself charged with a crime in the greater Portland area, you want a criminal defense attorney who has experience with the application of local laws and an intimate knowledge of how the prosecutors and judges handle cases. Troy Pickard fully understands how stressful and traumatic an arrest can be and he understands the far reaching consequences your case can present.  Just because you are facing criminal charges does not mean that you will have to face the government alone.

As a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Pickard has gained the skills, knowledge and temperament to provide you with the best defense available in your criminal case.  He is a prominent criminal defense attorney who is admitted to practice throughout Oregon in both state and federal courts. He has had many positive outcomes for clients who have been charged with various crimes, including: serious assaults, firearms and weapons offenses, hit and run, resisting arrest, burglary, theft, assault, intimidation, and reckless driving. He is also one of the leading driving under the influence (DUI) attorneys in Portland.

What type of experience do you have as a criminal defense attorney?

As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Pickard has an extensive experience in the State of Oregon and stays current with recent developments in case law and criminal jurisprudence.  His experience and training has given him a special insight into case management as well as client satisfaction.

  • Solid knowledge of the criminal justice system.  Being a criminal defense attorney requires a lot more than a textbook understanding of criminal procedure and criminal law. It requires any attorney who is going to be successful to have a solid base of practical knowledge and real life experience. Mr. Pickard has represented hundreds of clients in criminal matters, and you can take advantage of that experience.
  • Knowledge of local judges and prosecutors and how the state will build its case against you.  Judges and prosecutors quite literally hold the keys to your future if you have been charged or accused of a crime. It is critically important that your criminal defense attorney understands how these other lawyers think, plan and strategize when a case comes before them. Likewise, they develop an intimate knowledge of the attorneys who practice before them. All of these players will have a role in your case and it will pay dividends to have an attorney who understands the system and has earned the respect of his peers.
  • A well founded understanding of Oregon criminal law.  Over the course of many years as a criminal defense attorney, Troy Pickard has developed a deep and nuanced understanding of the criminal law in the state of Oregon. He has successfully defended cases ranging from low level misdemeanors to serious felonies. Over the course of his career thus far he has learned a great deal about the complexities of criminal law and he has put in place policies and practices that allow him to leverage that knowledge and experience in the most effective and cost efficient way for his clients.

There is no way to substitute for these qualities when it comes to hiring a criminal defense attorney. Portland Defender firmly believes that we represent clients with the utmost respect, skill and determination.

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2117 NE Oregon St. Suite 503
Portland, Oregon 97232

Phone: (503) 592-0606
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What types of criminal charges does Troy Pickard defend against?

Portland Defender has your legal needs covered. Attorney Troy Pickard has successfully represented clients charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses.  From felonies to misdemeanors, Troy Pickard has fought against charges for crimes, including: assault, drug crimes, DUI, DWI, and many others. Listed below is a more in-depth discussion of the types of cases our office has handled.


Driving under the influence is, unfortunately, a very common crime in the state of Oregon. It is far too easy to have “one too many” and drive when you shouldn’t have. In Oregon there is a hard and fast rule: if you’re blood alcohol content is over .08% then you are legally under the influence. Of course, even if your blood alcohol level is lower than .08%, you can still be convicted if the alcohol or drugs impaired your ability to drive. In any event, it may be beneficial to take your case to trial and fight for your rights. Troy Pickard is ready and willing to put your case in front of a jury if the facts warrant it. He has successfully fought many DUI cases at trial and he knows the best course of action for your situation.

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Drug crimes

Drug and narcotic laws deal with a wide range of potential criminal charges. Whether it is possession of a small amount of drugs or large scale sale and distribution, you need an experienced criminal attorney defending your reputation. This is largely because the potential punishments can range from slight to severe. Having a small amount of a drug for personal possession will have less severe consequences than possession of large amounts for dealing or trafficking. Of course, all drug offenses can have far reaching consequences for your future. Whether you are sentenced to a long term in prison or denied a job because of an unfavorable background check, drug charges can affect all aspects of your life. Don’t take a chance with just any attorney. Hire an aggressive and skilled criminal attorney who knows how to combat complex drug charges.

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Theft offenses

Theft is a broad group of crimes that covers everything from petty theft and shoplifting to grand larceny or armed robbery.  Because there are so many types of theft crimes there is a similarly broad range of potential punishments. Generally, the severity of the punishment will depend on the amount of goods stolen and their value. It may also depend on how the theft was committed. If you used a firearm or other dangerous weapon to take property by force, you will face harsher punishment than if you steal a stereo out of an unoccupied car. Like the drug offenses, any theft crime can cause substantial repercussions for your future and you need a criminal defense attorney who can mount a vigorous defense on your behalf.  Troy Pickard has represented clients in theft cases from simple shoplifting to theft of tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

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Weapons crimes


Given the inherently dangerous nature of knives, firearms, etc., the punishment you face can be substantially harsher if you illegally used, possessed, or brandished a weapon during the commission of any other crime. If you have already been convicted of a felony and are caught with a weapon there is a good chance that you will face prison time. In any event, you need an experienced attorney who can help you eliminate, or at the very least mitigate, the charges and punishments you are facing.

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Sexual crimes

Rape, sexual assault and other sex related crimes are dealt with very harshly and are viewed by society as particularly deplorable.  As a result, you will face not only the criminal charges, but also the social stigma that often accompanies these crimes. Additionally, you may be forced to register as a sex offender. Sexual crimes can range from lewd behavior to statutory rape, forcible rape, child pornography or other forms of sexual abuse. Even if you serve your time you will face lifelong challenges after a sex crimes conviction. The best course of action is to locate a qualified attorney immediately and fight the charges before you ever see the inside of a jail or are forced to register as a sex offender.

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Violent crime

When it comes to violent crime, most people automatically think of murder, rape and other violent sexual offenses. Violent crime encompasses a broad set of offenses that often overlap with other crimes. Whether it is domestic violence, armed robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, or carjacking, violent crimes are amongst the most serious of offenses. Attorney Troy Pickard represented clients accused of serious assault, intimidation, coercion, menacing, firearms crimes, vehicular assault, and other forms of violence. He will be by your side to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.

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What types of punishments will I face if I’m convicted?

First of all, Portland Defender will make every effort to ensure that this question does not have to be answered. Generally speaking, these are some of the potential charges for various crimes in the state of Oregon.

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Misdemeanor Crimes

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor, you are facing a lesser offense that can still have serious consequences. There are three types of misdemeanors in Oregon:

Maximum Jail
Maximum Fine
A Misdemeanor
1 Year
DUI, resisting arrest, assault 4, prostitution
B Misdemeanor
6 months
Harassment, possession of concealed weapon, unlawful possession of prescription drugs
C Misdemeanor
30 days
Theft 3 (less than $100), criminal trespass

Although those are the maximum punishments for those misdemeanors, the typical sentences are far
less than the maximum. Judges want to look at the circumstances of the crime and a person’s criminal background before making a decision on a misdemeanor sentence. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will almost always be put on probation, either formal or informal. With informal probation, you have no probation officer, and usually the only requirement is that you stay out of trouble. Formal probation means you have a probation officer to whom you must report. If you mess up while on probation, you can be given more punishment for the crime you were on probation for.

Felony Crimes

Felony crimes are serious offenses like murder, kidnapping, rape, arson and robbery. Felony convictions can result in prison time. There are three basic classes of felony offenses in Oregon:

Maximum Jail
Maximum Fine
A Felony
See below
Kidnapping, assault 1, rape, arson
B Felony
See below
Manslaughter, assault 2, rape 2, sex abuse 1
C Felony
See below
Repeat DUI, assault 3, theft 1, ID theft

Felony sentencing in Oregon is now controlled by the “Oregon Sentencing Guidelines Grid,” which indicates the typical jail or prison sentence for a particular crime based on the offense’s “Crime Seriousness Level” (1 to 11) and the defendant’s criminal background (A to I ). For example, third-degree robbery has a crime seriousness level of 5; if a person convicted of robbery 3 has no criminal background, they should expect a sentence of probation and 60 days in jail. If that same person had three or more serious felonies on their record, they could be looking at 16 months in prison. Felony sentencing can be very complicated, and it can involve dozens of additional factors, all of which a Portland Defender criminal lawyer can help you understand.

Attorney Troy Pickard has your back – call for a free consultation (503) 592-0606

Troy Pickard regularly defends those accused of numerous types of crime and represents aggrieved tenants who have found themselves in trying circumstances. The staff at his office has the experience and knowledge to provide you with quality criminal defense if you have been charged with any crime in Portland and the rest of Oregon.