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John Gilroy: The Newest Addition to National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 List

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Only the top trial lawyers receive an invitation that includes them in the prestigious National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 list. As a professional, John Gilroy has proven himself to be a distinguished attorney, worthy of this honor.

Who Makes the List?

The National Trial Lawyers organization includes only the top echelon of trial attorneys from each state in the United States. Only lawyers who have demonstrated exemplary conduct as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers can meet these stringent guidelines and qualifications. The selection process is arduous, involving multiple phases of review and examination.

- Peer nominations are an integral part of the process, ensuring that the selection includes only lawyers with solid reputations and standings within their professional communities.

- Third-parties also conduct research for each prospective member to ensure further that only the best and finest lawyers in America join the organization. Consequently, only a few coveted membership invitations are extended to a select group of qualified attorneys who have proven their strong leadership, superior reputations, advanced influence, exceptional stature, and unrivaled profile with the public. John Gilroy has succeeded in making this top cut of professionals.

What Is the Goal of National Trial Lawyers?

Excellence is the overall goal of the National Trial Lawyers. The organization applies diligent efforts to achieve this lofty goal in advocacy training, education, and networking among trial lawyers. Elite members receive ongoing educational opportunities that will continually encourage expanded professional growth. With the support of the organization, attorneys can tap into extensive networking resources and expansive opportunities for ongoing training and education. These opportunities are not always easy to find for lawyers, but members of the organization receive easy access to these benefits. As professionals network within the group, valuable ideas and strategies circulate and referrals are commonplace.

What Are the Benefits of National Trial Lawyers?

Members might enjoy other benefits of their association with National Trial Lawyers because consumers often visit the website for valuable information when they are plaintiffs or victims in a dispute. The organization regularly connects people with professionals in their local area who can assist them.

Attorneys have access to professional publications via their membership, which ensures that they remain informed and current with all relevant news and top verdicts within the industry that can impact professionals. What’s more, attorneys can even submit their most recent verdicts to the organization to share their accomplishments with their peers.

John Gilroy’s membership with the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list is a strong testimony to his strong professionalism and the trustworthy service he offers his clients.

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National Trial Lawyers Association Taps John Gilroy As A Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer

John Gilroy, co-founder of Gilroy & Napoli, LLC, was recently named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only national organization comprised of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.

Members of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 must meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.

According to the organization’s website, member selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.

John Gilroy has represented clients charged with serious felonies including assault, domestic violence, drug possession, theft, burglary, shoplifting, sex offenses, and Measure 11 crimes.   He has extensive experience representing clients charged with DUI. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University and University of Oregon School of Law.

 National Trial Lawyers Association Taps John Gilroy As A Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer

Lake Oswego city council appoints attorney John P. Gilroy as Municipal Court Judge Pro-Tem

The Lake Oswego City Council has approved the appointment of attorney John Gilroy as Lake Oswego Municipal Court Judge pro-tem.  The city council’s unanimous approval came after Gilroy appeared before the council on September 18, 2012.

As municipal court judge pro-tem, Gilroy will hear misdemeanor criminal cases, as well as traffic court cases.

John Gilroy is a co-founder of Gilroy & Napoli, a private law practice in Lake Oswego, where he currently works as a criminal defense lawyer and personal injury attorney.

He is a former Washington County deputy district attorney, and is also the son of the late Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Patrick D. Gilroy.

Gilroy earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1998 and his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1993.

In 2011, Clackamas County commissioners appointed John Gilroy as Clackamas County Justice of the Peace pro-tem.

Oregon State Senate Enters Tough Expungement Debate

Under a bill headed for the Oregon State Senate, criminals convicted of nonviolent Class B felonies more than twenty years ago could apply to have their records expunged. Already wielding support from the Oregon District Attorney’s Association and from judges and former police officers, in April the bill received a unanimous 58-0 approval in the House.

Opponents to the proposed law feel it would enable those found guilty of “white collar” felonies, including bribery and embezzlement, to repeat their previous crimes without fear of lasting penalties. They worry that expungement, or wiping criminal records clean, might actually encourage such criminals to repeat their previous transgressions.

Class B felonies commonly include drug-related offenses and other serious but non-violent crimes. Those convicted, especially on drug-related charges, often face permanent obstacles in obtaining jobs, housing, and other basic privileges. Many who support the new expungement bill have lived clean for decades.

Circling the bill’s debate is discussion of the larger issues surrounding Oregon’s expungement guidelines, which critics say is often bewildering and inconsistent. Some individuals worry that state guidelines for expunging Class C felonies fail to appropriately balance the seriousness of the crime with the time needed before expungement. Some Class C felonies – including not only drug-related offenses, but also burglary and car theft – can be purged after three years.

Don’t fall victim to years of shame and frustration. For more information on getting the best Portland criminal defense lawyer for your legal needs, contact the law offices of Gilroy & Napoli today.

What is Measure 11?

Passed by a nearly two-thirds majority of Oregon voters in November 1994, Measure 11 establishes mandatory prison sentences for the most serious offenses in the Oregon criminal code, including but not limited to murder, rape, assault, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. Under Measure 11 guidelines, the sentencing judge cannot prescribe a jail sentence less than the specified amount of time, and the convicted criminal’s sentence may not be reduced while incarcerated for good behavior or by parole.

Since its passage the law has been expanded four times, to include additional violent or serious crimes including arson and robbery. Changes to Measure 11 must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Oregon state legislature, and a 2000 repeal initiative was defeated by an almost three-to-one margin.

Victims’ rights groups – including Crime Victims United, the citizens’ group that spearheaded Measure 11’s 1994 passage – champion the measure as a proven deterrent against violent and sexually-based crimes, both discouraging potential violent criminals while keeping convicted offenders out of society.

Opponents charge that the bill potentially encourages innocent defendants to seek plea bargain agreements rather than risk mandatory Measure 11 sentences. Other critics believe the law restricts the power of judges to arbitrate criminal cases while putting too much power in the hands of district attorneys and other prosecutors.

New Oregon State Laws Crack Down on DUII Repeat Offenders

New laws make hiring an expert Oregon DUI attorney more crucial than ever. Passed by a popular vote of the Oregon electorate in November of 2010, Measure 73 alters state criminal code for those found guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicants, or DUII. Under the new state laws, third-offense sentences carry a minimum ninety-day prison sentence regardless of local or county guidelines. Praised by its supporters as an effective strengthening of Oregon DUII law, its critics nevertheless feel the mandatory sentencing will lead to further prison overcrowding at the state government’s expense.

Because many judges follow established guidelines provided by legal commissions, third-offense DUII sentences typically include as much as thirteen months in jail. Opponents of the bill argue that such strict guidelines unnecessarily curb judicial discretion in assessing appropriate sentences.

Additionally, Measure 73 provides that third-offense DUII charges within a ten year period are automatically considered a felony. If convicted under the new guidelines, defendants will be considered felons and subject to restrictions; these include prohibition from owning firearms, holding certain jobs, and obtaining residence in some areas.

For more information regarding Oregon DUII law including finding the right DUII attorney to handle your case, visit the law firm of Gilroy and Napoli.

Third Offense DUII in Oregon

Under Oregon state law, third offense charges for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) are considered a felony. DUII regulations stipulate that third-offense charges stem from any third arrest upon suspicion of driving while intoxicated or impaired within a ten year period. Revisions to the state law that went into effect late last year specify the ten-year guideline.

Third offense DUII convictions carry a mandatory jail sentence of at least 90 days, followed by three to five years of probation, though judges may sentence those convicted to even longer prison sentences (up to five years) depending on the circumstances surrounding the DUII event in question. In addition, the sentence carries a mandatory lifetime driver’s license revocation, meaning those convicted lose their state licensing eligibility forever. Those convicted of third offense DUII charges are further not eligible for hardship licenses that allow them to travel to work and other necessary destinations.

In addition, those convicted are still subject to many of the same fines and levies placed against those found guilty of first- and second-offense DUII charges. These can include a minimum $2000 fine (with a maximum  penalty of $125,000) as well as hundreds of dollars in additional fees, including court costs. Finally, those convicted must also attend substance abuse classes and victim’s impact seminars at their own expense.

What Is A Felony DUII in Oregon?

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (commonly abbreviated DUII) is considered a felony under Oregon State law when the accused person has been previously convicted of two prior DUII charges within a ten-year period before the date of arrest. Recent changes to the Oregon State DUII statute expand felony status to the third arrest/ten-year criteria.

As the name implies, felony arrests include harsher sentencing guidelines than first- and second-offense charges. These can include, pursuant to a judge’s discretion, jail sentences of a minimum 90 days ranging up to five years, followed by a three- to five-year period of probation. In addition, felony DUII convictions impose a mandatory, permanent revocation of Oregon state-issued driver’s license privileges. Those convicted of felony DUII in Oregon also may not receive a hardship license.

Besides jail time and license revocation, felony DUII offenders must pay a monetary fine of no less than $2,000 dollars with a maximum fine of $125,000, though the actual dollar amount may range as high as $125,000. Judges base their assignment of jail time and fines upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Those convicted of a felony DUII must also register for and attend substance abuse and victims’ impact seminars.

What are the facts about Second Offense DUII in Portland?

Though first-offense DUII penalties and fines can range under Oregon law, the fines and punishments for a second offense are even tougher. Defendants facing a second-offense DUII conviction find themselves in need of an attorney to help them navigate the severe state criminal regulations. Third offenses now may be classified as a felony under certain circumstances.  Oregon has some of the toughest DUII laws in the nation, so a qualified and expert DUII attorney is absolutely essential.

Under Oregon state law, second offense penalties can include a cash fine of not less than $1,500 and up to $6250, as well as court costs. Second Offenders may not qualify for diversion programs, but often will face jail-time. Offenders may also be required to attend treatment and a Victims Impact seminar at their own expense.

Second Offenders additionally face mandatory suspensions of their Oregon state driver’s license. Convicted offenders might be allowed to apply for a hardship license following an initial mandatory suspension period that will allow them to drive to and from work and other necessary destinations.

If you’ve been charged with a second DUII, you need a qualified Oregon attorney to fight for you. Contact Gilroy Napoli today to find out the many ways we can help with a second offense DUII.

How Much Does a DUII in Portland cost?

No matter what your circumstances, an arrest for DUII can end up costing you thousands of dollars in painful expenses including court costs, treatment and sentencing fees, and more. In fact, civil action groups and other concerned private citizens have lobbied their lawmakers for decades to increase DUII penalties and fines for convicted offenders, and Oregon has some of the strongest legislation in the nation. You need a competent, qualified DUII attorney familiar with Oregon state DUII arrest law to prevent these numerous and damaging expenses.

Even for a first-offense arrest, Oregon DUII law requires a minimum $1,000 fine iif the arrested person is found guilty; the actual DUII penalties may range up to $6250. In addition, the DUII defendant will be required to pay additional costs and expenses to the court. The court may also require the DUII defendant to undergo alcohol evaluation tests and participate in a treatment program, either of which can end up costing thousands of dollars.

Oregon also carries a special provision in its DUII statutes that makes plea-bargaining to a lesser charge impossible, as can be done in many other states. Knowledgeable, experienced DUII attorney representation is crucial for those wishing to avoid the expenses of a DUII conviction. Contact Gilroy & Napoli today for the best representation available.

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