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Criminal Defense Attorney in Salem

Being accused of a crime is one of the most stressful, surprising, and frightening experiences a person may ever face. When you face criminal charges, your future prospects hang in the balance. The key to minimizing the impact that these allegations can have on your life is to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Often the best time to get an attorney is before the police investigation is complete and before the prosecutor files charges. I am attorney Daniel J. Lounsbury, and I have successfully helped many clients across the Willamette Valley either avoid being charged by gathering proof of innocence prior to charges, or navigate the legal process following criminal charges.

Criminal Lawyer Defending Many Types of Crimes

  • DUI charges
  • Ballot Measure 11
  • Assault
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft
  • Drug crimes
  • Domestic violence

What Crime Are You Accused Of?

There are three categories of offenses for which someone can be cited. The first, a “violation” is not a crime. Common examples are littering, speeding, and illegal lane change. The court can not impose jail time for a violation-only a fine. The second, a “misdemeanor” is a lower level crime category. There are three levels of misdemeanors, Class A, B and C. The third, a “felony” is the most serious of the crime categories, with classifications of Class A, B and C. The table below shows the MAXIMUM penalties available to the court if you are convicted or found guilty:

CRIME CATEGORY MAXIMUM CONFINEMENT MAXIMUM DOLLAR FINE
Class A Felony 20 Years Imprisonment $375,000.00
Class B Felony 10 Years Imprisonment $250,000.00
Class C Felony 5 Years Imprisonment $125,000.00
Class A Misdemeanor 1 Year in Jail $6,250.00
Class B Misdemeanor 6 Months in Jail $2,500.00
Class C Misdemeanor 30 Days in Jail $1,250.00

I Am A Skilled Negotiator

My aim is to effectively negotiate with prosecutors to get charges reduced or dismissed, or to aggressively represent clients in court when cases go to trial. Many of my clients experience a great deal of anxiety when they face criminal accusations. I help them rest easy by providing client-focused service and strategic defense.

I also handle family law cases in addition to criminal defense cases. For my clients, this means they will work with a lawyer who is adept at providing guidance to families in distress. Often, criminal and family law cases overlap. My clients appreciate that they can rely on me to handle their legal challenges.

Contact Daniel J. Lounsbury Attorney at Law

Schedule a no-cost phone consultation by calling my office in Salem, Oregon, at 503-967-3119 or email me to request a consultation.  Se habla Español. I have someone on staff who speaks Spanish.