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Law Office of Laura A. Fine, PC
Laura Fine

541 Willamette Street
Eugene OR 97401
(541) 341-4542

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Law Office of Laura A. Fine, PC


I have practiced law since 1988.  In my career, I have aggressively defended people charged with a wide variety of crimes including:

Crimes Affecting Students:  Disorderly Conduct, Underage Drinking, DUII, etc

Sex CrimesRape, Child Pornography, Solicitation, Indecent Expusure, etc.

Felonies and Misdemeanors: Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault, Robbery Burglary, Trespass, Theft, etc.

Domestic ViolenceAssault, Coercion, Kidnapping, Harassment

http://www.laurafine.com/

Please Call: 541-341-4542

Publications

Eugene Police Overzealously Administer Zero Tolerance, Eugene Daily Emerald, February 27, 2004

Crimes Mean Prison Time; Violations Lead to Paying Fines, Eugene Daily Emerald, December 3, 2003

Areas of Practice

  • Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Sex Crimes
  • Rape
  • Child Pornography
  • Solicitation
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Kidnap
  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Identity Theft
  • Computer Crime
  • Forgery/Counterfeit
  • Theft
  • Crimes of Alleged Domestic Violence

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified as a NITA Trial Advocacy Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • Honors: Recipient, Arthur Hodgson Excellence in Writing Award, 1987
    • Honors: National Semi-Finalist, ATLA Moot Court Competition, 1986
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.S. - 1984
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Criminal Law - Stop and Frisk, Volume I of The Oregon State Bar Criminal Law Treatise, 2005
  • Defending the Domestic Violence Case, The Oregon Defense Attorney, 2004
  • Eugene Police Overzealously Administer Zero Tolerance, Eugene Daily Emerald, February 27, 2004
  • Crimes Mean Prison Time; Violations Lead to Paying Fines, Eugene Daily Emerald, December 3, 2003
  • The New Stalking Law, Oregon State Bar Family Law Division Newsletter, 1995

Please Call: 541-341-4542

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor for NITA/OCDLA Trial Skills Training Seminar, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, 2008
  • Umpqua Forensic Firearms Academy, Firearms Concepts for the Courtroom, 2008
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Criminal Defense, University of Oregon School of Law, 2004 - 2006
  • Panelist, Women & Prison Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, 2003
  • "Defending the Domestic Violence Case", Legal Education Seminar, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, 1998
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Trial Advocacy, University of Oregon School of Law, 1996
  • Presenter, The New Stalking Law, Oregon State Bar Family Law Conference, Oregon State Bar, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Life Member, Education Committee
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Capital Defenders
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lane County Bar Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • CJA, Panel Attorney, 2003 - Present
  • Lane County Law & Advocacy Center, Member, Board of Directors
  • Maude Kerns Art Center, Member, Board of Directors, 1989 - 1990

Pro Bono Activities

  • Created and staffed monthly volunteer law clinic at Looking Glass New Roads Homeless Youth center; subsequently secured funding to hire a half time attorney to assume the position, 2003 - 2007
  • Oregon Racing Commissioner: Appointed by two Oregon Governors to serve on the Oregon Racing Commission to adjudicate and administrate horse and dog racing in Oregon, 1993 - 2001

Please Call: 541-341-4542

Attorney

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Eugene, Oregon

Laura A. Fine, Attorney at Law


In practice since 1988, I have provided aggressive, effective criminal defense for defendants facing a wide array of felony and misdemeanor charges in Eugene and the surrounding communities. I've successfully defended people against charges of murder, rape and domestic violence, as well as DUII, assault, underage drinking and many other charges. Please use the link below to learn more about my background.

Publications

Eugene Police Overzealously Administer Zero Tolerance, Eugene Daily Emerald, February 27, 2004

Crimes Mean Prison Time; Violations Lead to Paying Fines, Eugene Daily Emerald, December 3, 2003

Areas of Practice

  • Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Sex Crimes
  • Rape
  • Child Pornography
  • Solicitation
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Kidnap
  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Identity Theft
  • Computer Crime
  • Forgery/Counterfeit
  • Theft
  • Crimes of Alleged Domestic Violence

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified as a NITA Trial Advocacy Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • Honors: Recipient, Arthur Hodgson Excellence in Writing Award, 1987
    • Honors: National Semi-Finalist, ATLA Moot Court Competition, 1986
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.S. - 1984
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Criminal Law - Stop and Frisk, Volume I of The Oregon State Bar Criminal Law Treatise, 2005
  • Defending the Domestic Violence Case, The Oregon Defense Attorney, 2004
  • Eugene Police Overzealously Administer Zero Tolerance, Eugene Daily Emerald, February 27, 2004
  • Crimes Mean Prison Time; Violations Lead to Paying Fines, Eugene Daily Emerald, December 3, 2003
  • The New Stalking Law, Oregon State Bar Family Law Division Newsletter, 1995

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor for NITA/OCDLA Trial Skills Training Seminar, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, 2008
  • Umpqua Forensic Firearms Academy, Firearms Concepts for the Courtroom, 2008
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Criminal Defense, University of Oregon School of Law, 2004 - 2006
  • Panelist, Women & Prison Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, 2003
  • "Defending the Domestic Violence Case", Legal Education Seminar, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, 1998
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Trial Advocacy, University of Oregon School of Law, 1996
  • Presenter, The New Stalking Law, Oregon State Bar Family Law Conference, Oregon State Bar, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Life Member, Education Committee
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Capital Defenders
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lane County Bar Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • CJA, Panel Attorney, 2003 - Present
  • Lane County Law & Advocacy Center, Member, Board of Directors
  • Maude Kerns Art Center, Member, Board of Directors, 1989 - 1990

Pro Bono Activities

  • Created and staffed monthly volunteer law clinic at Looking Glass New Roads Homeless Youth center; subsequently secured funding to hire a half time attorney to assume the position, 2003 - 2007
  • Oregon Racing Commissioner: Appointed by two Oregon Governors to serve on the Oregon Racing Commission to adjudicate and administrate horse and dog racing in Oregon, 1993 - 2001

Firm Overview

 

The Law Office of Laura A. Fine in Eugene, Oregon

Before you talk to police, talk to me. They do not have your best interests in mind. As a dedicated criminal defense attorney, I do. I will fight for you and defend your rights. When you know you have an experienced, successful criminal defense lawyer on your side, you can be calm and confident that every step is being taken to protect you.

I have successfully defended clients who have been charged with a wide variety of felonies and misdemeanors; everything from murder, DUI and domestic violence to sex crimes and simple theft. I can help you, too. The first step in defending yourself is to call me at 541-341-4542 or toll-free at 888-309-4560. You can also contact me by e-mail.

A Career Devoted to Defending the People's Rights

My goal in my professional life has been to help people facing legal difficulties, whether it is criminal charges or other matters. When I moved here to Eugene after graduating from law school, I spent five years with Lane County Legal Aid Service, handling a full caseload of clients facing crisis in divorce, custody dispute, eviction, and denial of disability and employment benefits.

In 1994, I was offered a chance to serve with the Public Defender Service of Lane County. Over the next six years, I successfully represented hundreds of defendants against all types of misdemeanor, felony, and Measure 11 charges, including charges of rape, assault, robbery, burglary, property crimes, charges of criminal mistreatment, and murder.

I opened my private law practice in 2003, determined to accept a limited number of cases to ensure thorough, dedicated and detailed defense of each client. Since that time, I have represented clients throughout Oregon in federal, state, and municipal courts on all types of criminal charges.

If you face felony or misdemeanor charges, talk to me before you talk to the police. Call the Law Office of Laura A. Fine now for a free consultation at 541-341-4542 or toll-free at 888-309-4560. You can also contact me by e-mail.

Weekend and evening hours available by appointment.

Criminal Law Overview

Criminal Defense Attorney Laura A. FineAttorney Laura Fine

Serving Eugene, Oregon, and surrounding communities


"Admit nothing. Remain calm." That's what I tell people who have been arrested or who have been approached by police about a potential criminal charge. If they're talking to you, it's because they believe you're guilty. You won't change their minds by talking to them and your comments can later be taken out of context and used against you. One misstatement to police can cost you enormously. Speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer before speaking with law enforcement.

Call me today for a free consultation regarding the criminal charges you face. Contact me at 541-341-4542 or toll-free at 888-309-4560.

In my career, I have provided aggressive, effective defense against a wide variety of criminal charges, including the following:

  • Domestic Violence: Coercion, kidnapping, assault and harassment, among others. Alleged victims of domestic violence may obtain stalking or restraining orders against a person, and violation of those orders can constitute the basis for additional criminal charges.
  • Felonies and Misdemeanors: Measure 11 crimes such as murder, rape, sodomy, robbery, sexual penetration and child pornography. Plus, Class A misdemeanors (such as DUII), Class B misdemeanors (such as harassment and telephonic harassment), Class C misdemeanors (such as Criminal Trespass II, Theft III and misrepresentation of age by a minor) and unclassified misdemeanors.
  • Sex crimes: Pornography, "sexting" cases, statutory rape, rape, child pornography, solicitation, indecent exposure and computer crimes.
  • Crimes Affecting Students: Disorderly conduct, underage drinking and more.


What happens next?

After being charged with a crime, the first court appearance for a defendant is the arraignment. This is the formal presentation to the defendant of the charges being brought. Defendants usually plead not guilty at arraignment, regardless of the facts of the case. This allows time for the defendant to work with an attorney, review the police reports to see if the prosecution actually has the evidence to prove the charges, and also allows time for the defendant's lawyer to negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea to a lesser charge, if that is indicated by the circumstances.

Criminal charges take time to resolve. That's why I urge you to take your time, talk to your lawyer and explore all your options before making a decision about your case. With so much at stake, it is important to make the best decision for you.

Call me for a free consultation about your charges and circumstances. Contact me at 541-341-4542 or toll-free at 888-309-4560.

Weekend and evening hours available by appointment.

Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Laura A. FineAttorney Laura Fine


Few crimes are treated as harshly by our criminal justice system and our society as sex crimes. The mark a conviction could leave on you could easily last for the rest of your life, affecting your career, your family life and your freedom. If you are under investigation for a sex crime, or have been arrested for a sex crime, don't talk to anyone about the charges or circumstances of the case before you talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney.

For immediate legal help, contact me at 541-341-4542 in Eugene, Oregon, or toll-free at 888-309-4560. Your initial consultation is free.

What are Sex Crimes?

The term "sex crime" applies to numerous charges ranging from indecency to rape. Those convicted of sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders and are often required to complete sex offender treatment, which can be long term and expensive. Failure to comply with the sex offender reporting requirements and treatment will result in additional criminal charges and penalties.

Sex crimes can include the following:

  • Pornography
  • "Sexting" cases
  • Statutory rape
  • Rape
  • Child pornography
  • Solicitation
  • Indecent exposure
  • Computer and Internet crimes

Can my Sex Offender Reporting Requirement be Changed?

The sex offender reporting requirement can be waived by a court 10 years after the date of conviction if certain conditions are met. Speak with your attorney about whether you qualify for relief from the reporting requirement.

If you have been charged or are under investigation for a sex crime, don't speak to law enforcement before talking to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. I have been an attorney for over 20 years, successfully handling hundreds of criminal cases, including sex crimes cases. If the police are talking to you, it's because they already believe you are guilty. You can't talk your way out of the situation and if you make a misstatement or admission, it can be used against you later in court.

For a free consultation, call the Law Office of Laura A. Fine at 541-341-4542 or toll-free at 888-309-4560. You can also contact me by e-mail.

Weekend and evening hours available by appointment.

Crimes Affecting Students

Crimes Affecting University of Oregon StudentsAttorney Laura Fine


If you have a son or daughter attending the University of Oregon or Oregon State University, you undoubtedly worry that a youthful error in judgment can affect their adult careers and lives. I represent college students who have made mistakes and found themselves in trouble with the law for underage consumption of alcohol, DUII (Driving while Under the Influence of Intoxicants), possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana, assault and other criminal offenses. A student's crimes can follow them for a lifetime.

Call me now if you or a loved one in college faces criminal charges. Call me toll-free at 888-309-4560 or at 541-341-4542 in Eugene. You can also contact me by e-mail.

Can a Criminal Record be Expunged?

To have a criminal record expunged means the setting aside of the arrest or conviction and a subsequent sealing of the records. In cases where expungement may be an option in the future, it is important to have a lawyer who understands the law and cares about the client personally. I work hard to protect the lives of my clients, now and in the future. Wherever possible, I will work to expunge your record or to preserve the ability to have your record expunged when the necessary conditions have been met.

Aggressive Defense of Student Crimes Charges

A criminal conviction can result in an expulsion from campus, making prospects for graduate school and a good career bleak. I understand the serious consequences of an arrest and conviction on the future, so I aggressively defend students against a wide variety of criminal charges, including disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drug possession, so-called "date rape" and other criminal charges.

For a free initial consultation regarding student crimes with an experienced criminal defense attorney, call the Law Office of Laura A. Fine at 541-341-4542 or toll-free at 888-309-4560. You can also contact me by e-mail.

Weekend and evening hours available by appointment.


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