Oregon Crime Victims Lawyer

Crime Victims – You Don’t Have To Be Alone

Oregon crime victims lawyer Chad StavleyAs a victim of crime, you can often feel alone within the criminal justice system. You need an Oregon crime victim’s lawyer.  The person who hurt you has a lawyer and there are numerous situations where his or her rights as a defendant will be heard in court. The State has a lawyer, called a Deputy District Attorney or Prosecutor, to represent their interests. The prosecutor assigned to your case may not be keeping you informed of developments in the case. You may or may not hear from a “victim’s advocate” who works for the State.

Of all the people involved in the case, you are probably the only one without representation.  As your case is moving along through the system, you may wonder what sentence the defendant may get and whether you will be financially compensated. The short answer is that without proper representation you are at the mercy of the system. Don’t be the only person in the case without representation.  Get an experienced Oregon crime victim’s lawyer. Chad Stavley is a former Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney (prosecutor) who has successfully represented crime victims many times.  Call for a free consultation.

What We Can Do

  • Maximize the compensation you are entitled to. There are two different types of court cases: criminal and civil. When you are the victim of a crime, both cases are potentially involved. First, the criminal court process begins. This is when the defendant is arrested and may or may not be held in jail awaiting a criminal trial. A Deputy District Attorney (prosecutor) is assigned to the case. The defendant will likely have hired an attorney or have one appointed for him/her. Without representation, your involvement will be limited to testifying at a preliminary hearing called “grand jury” and possibly being kept up to date by the prosecutor. If there is a trial you’d need to testify at that. They might send you a form to list your out-of-pocket expenses so that they can try to get those covered. But their job is not to get money for you. That is for the civil court system.  And for that part of the process, you’ll need your own lawyer.  An experienced Oregon crime victim’s lawyer can get to work early, while the criminal case is still open. It is important to contact an attorney who has familiarity with both the criminal and civil systems and how they can operate together. Before going into private practice, Chad Stavley was a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney. He handled thousands of criminal cases as well as hundreds of civil cases.  
  • Make sure you understand the criminal process. You will likely have a lot of questions about how the criminal process works such as: What is grand jury? Are you entitled to recover money for your losses? Will there be a trial? What will happen at a trial? What kind of sentence will the defendant likely get? You may not get much help from the District Attorney’s Office. This isn’t generally because they don’t care; they do. But they have a lot of cases and not a lot of time. A good portland crime victim lawyer will make sure you are fully aware of what is going to happen and what your rights are.
  • Make sure that your voice is heard in all matters. The Oregon Constitution gives you the right to be involved in significant matters related to the criminal case. You’ll want to be hear about the plea negotiations so that justice is served. You’ll want to be heard about scheduling and compensation too. We’ll work with the prosecutor to make sure your wishes are in the front of their mind. And we’ll work to make sure all who are responsible are held accountable. This includes the offender and any organization that allowed or helped the action to happen. This could include bars that over-serve alcohol leading to devastating car crashes, or organizations such as DHS, churches, nursing homes or daycare facilities where abuse happens.
Law Office of Chad Stavley
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Debbi T.
2017-03-05 15:14:24
I live out of state and reached out to Chad for help with a pedestrian accident that I had while in Portland. Chad took the time to listen and communicate...
Libby S.
2017-11-03 09:05:05
I don't ever write reviews, but this is one I wholeheartedly recommend to my community and family in need of a Personal Injury Attorney. Navigating a...
Kate F.
2014-11-12 13:35:31
I feel fortunate to have Chad on our side to handle an accident a couple of years ago. I'd had zero experience in lawsuits. He is knowledgeable,...
Alana S.
2015-06-12 16:12:28
As someone without any experience in the legal realm, it is daunting to navigate the aftermath of an auto accident. Chad is both knowledgeable and...
Russell Charley
21:18 15 Nov 17
I have to thank Chad for his time and compassion when working with my Mom and l. When I initially called Chad I was full of fear and anger about the wreck and how my civil case was being handled. My former attorney had just notified me, by mail, that he couldn’t do anything for me, and to come pick up the paperwork. Chad listened and talked with Me. Giving him hope and a path forward. This is what I needed at this very low point in my life. Chad met with Mom and I in person, later emailing us detailed instructions. Which we followed. He provided support and was available when we got stuck and had questions. Chad’s help and support have been invaluable to our family. And has help put closure to this catastrophic event in my life. I high recommend Chad.read more
Trudy Corrigan
16:29 25 Oct 17
Chad helped us walk the difficult path of victims of a violent crime. He was experienced and reassuring through tough times.
James N
22:11 14 Jun 17
Chad is the real deal, truly out to help the less powerful and not in it just for a paycheck. Heres proof: I called him because my insurance adjuster was BS'ing me around with medical coverage, telling me I wasn't eligible. Chad went out of his way to three way call my insurance company with me, talk to the adjuster, and voila! Now i have medical coverage and I can get my back fixed. The best part? He didn't charge me a dime! He did it out of the kindness of his heart for somebody of lower status. Call it 100% magnanimous. If you're looking for a personal injury attorney, Mr. Stavley is your guy. read more
Abby K
14:52 31 Mar 17
Chad and his staff were extremely helpful with my case. I contacted his office after being injured in a car accident and he was able to produce a very nice outcome. He and Stephanie were always available and responded quickly to any questions or help needed in a friendly way. I highly recommend him!read more
Milton Pareta
05:16 17 Nov 16
I was in a major car accident in Eugene, Oregon back in June 2015. Resulting in numerous of injuries. Hospitalized for a couple of weeks and rehabbing for a couple of months after that. I was referred to Chad and he even came out to see me in Eugene from Portland. Our first discussion wasn't about any legal actions but how I was healing from the accident. Chad actually cares about his clients and will make sure you're taken cared off. He makes sure he is prepared for his cases and always is in communication with me. He even calls to see how I am doing or if I needed anything. He made my lawsuit really easy to handle. He will give you the best result one can ask for. Very easy and cool to work with. He will make sure that you are taken cared off. I highly recommend Chad Stavley for any personal injury case. You will be very pleased from the results.read more
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