Oregon and Washington Criminal Defense

In Oregon, we take cases in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Hood River and Columbia Counties.

In Washington state, we handle cases in Clark and Cowlitz Counties.

We also represent clients in federal court in both the Western District of Washington and Oregon U.S. District Court.

The best way to find out if Adam Dean is the right attorney for you is to call us today for a free initial criminal consultation.

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It is always best to contact an attorney early in the process to secure important evidence, mitigate damage and protect one’s legal rights. Adam is experienced in handling all types of Oregon and Washington state criminal defense cases, including:

  • Violent Crime/Ballot Measure 11 offenses (Oregon Mandatory Minimum Cases)

Measure 11 is a 1994 ballot initiative that sets minimum mandatory sentences for certain serious crimes. It does not apply to drug or property crimes.  It went into effect on April 1, 1995.  It was reaffirmed by voters in the year 2000.  The law requires the court to impose a minimum sentence with no possibility for any reduction in sentence, such as for good behavior. The list of Ballot Measure 11 offenses currently includes the following:


Arson I

Assault I

Assault II

Attempted Aggravated Murder

Attempted Murder

Kidnapping I

Kidnapping II

Manslaughter I

Manslaughter II


Rape I

Rape II

Robbery I

Robbery II

Sexual Abuse I

Unlawful Sexual Penetration I

Unlawful Sexual Penetration II

Sodomy I

Sodomy II

Using a Child in a Display of Sexually
Explicit Conduct

Compelling Prostitution

Measure 11 Minimum Sentence

7 years, 6 months

7 years, 6 months

5 years, 10 months

10 years

7 years, 6 months

7 years, 6 months or 25 years

5 years, 10 months

10 years

6 years, 3 months

25 years

8 years, 4 months or 25 years

6 years, 3 months

7 years, 6 months

5 years, 10 months

6 years, 3 months

8 years, 4 months or 25 years

6 years, 3 months

8 years, 4 months or 25 years

6 years, 3 months

5 years, 10 months

5 years, 10 months

These charges carry particularly long sentences and given the over zealousness of many district attorneys to force long and harsh prison sentences on such defendants.  If you have been accused of a measure 11 crime, you will need a knowledgeable and dedicated defense lawyer. Maximizing the potential for a positive outcome for the criminal defense attorney often means outworking the prosecution. Dean Law Group P.C. has significant experience in successfully handling Measure 11 cases. Call our office for a free and confidential initial consultation about the charges you are facing.


  •  Sex Offenses

Simply being accused of a sex offense has significant implications beyond potential possible incarceration and fines.   Such accusations often cause others to jump to conclusions of “guilt” long before your case reaches a courtroom. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can limit the public exposure of your case as well as provide you with the necessary advocacy to successfully defend these serious accusations. Dean Law Group P.C has successfully defended clients facing a variety of sex crime allegations and charges including:

  • Sexual Assault;
  • Rape;
  • Sex abuse;
  • Statutory rape and unlawful intercourse;
  • Indecent exposure;
  • Internet related sex offenses including possession of child pornography (In both state and federal courts);

Call our office for a free and confidential consultation about the allegations or charges you are facing. We will help you understand the process. Most importantly, you will know you have a team of experienced, aggressive criminal defense trial professionals protecting your rights and fighting for you.

  • Assault Charges

Most assault charges including domestic violence can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the severity of the injuries as well as other factors including whether children were present.  Being charged with an assault or other related crime can have serious long term consequences.  For example, under state law, domestic violence charges can be considered by the court when making decisions regarding child custody.  A convicted person may be denied custody rights altogether or granted limited, supervised visitation or parenting time with their children.  Therefore, having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney is critical. Call our office for a free confidential consultation.

  • Drug Offenses

Drug offenses are prosecuted very aggressively and taken seriously by prosecutors and the courts.  Dean Law Group, P.C. has years of successfully defending individuals accused of all types of drug offenses including:

  • Possession
  • Manufacturing
  • Conspiracy to commit various drug offenses
  • Distribution
  • Transporting controlled substances (or imitations)
  • Possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs

“Controlled substances” include but are not limited to methamphetamine (and substantial quantities of methamphetamine precursors like ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine), marijuana, cocaine, heroin, PCP, ecstasy, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, hashish, and illegally obtained prescription medications.

Besides possible jail or prison time and, a drug conviction can have other serious long term consequences including the loss of licensing and other state benefits.    If you or a loved one is facing a drug-related criminal charge, time if often critically important. Call our office to talk with an attorney right away.   Dean Law Group P.C. is here to fight vigorously for you, always seeking the very best outcome possible based on the particular facts of your case.

  • Driving Offenses including DUII and DWS

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII” also known as DUI or DWI) law is complex and ever-changing.  An arrest for DUII carries major legal consequences, the most important of which are an administrative generated operator’s license suspension and a DUII prosecution commenced by the district attorney or city prosecutor’s office.  Dean Law Group P.C., has significant experience handling DUII cases at both of these stages. Although being arrested for DUII can be a traumatic and embarrassing event in one’s life, those accused of DUII should immediately consult with a lawyer since time if of the essence to insure that all of your rights are protected. Call our office for a free confidential consultation.

  • Theft, Fraud and other property offenses

So called property offenses can vary dramatically and can bring penalties ranging from years of incarceration to mere fines for minor offenses. The seriousness of the theft charge is determined by the value of the property that was allegedly taken and other circumstances including prior convictions you have on your criminal record.  Dean Law Group represents individuals who are being investigated or charged with the following:

  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Forgery
  • Retail Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Carjacking
  • Embezzlement
  • Credit Card Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Parole & Probation Violations

Call our office for a free confidential consultation.

  • All other misdemeanor and felony offenses

If you or a loved one is charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Oregon or Washington, call our office located in downtown Portland today for a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney.