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Criminal Defense Lawyer — Pendleton, OR

Skilled & Effective Criminal Defense Law Firm Protecting the Rights of Eastern Oregon Clients

Good people can easily find themselves in frightening situations.

The compassionate and dedicated criminal defense team at Pendleton Law, LLC understands how overwhelming and scary it can be to face criminal charges in Oregon. With over thirty years of litigation experience, our principal attorney, Jody Vaughan, is fully prepared to fight for your rights during each step of the process.

We accept a wide array of criminal cases, including those pertaining to: assault, burglary, computer crimes, domestic violence, DUII, expungements, firearm offenses, manslaughter, manufacture and delivery of controlled substances, Measure 11, medical marijuana, robbery, and more. Whatever the specifics of your case may be, we will dedicate our efforts to preparing a compelling defense aimed to safeguard your freedom.


We understand that everyone makes mistakes, and we are committed to ensuring that one momentary lapse in judgment doesn’t ruin your life. A person may be charged with a DUII offense in the state of Oregon if it is determined that they were operating their vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The penalties for DUII charges are harsh—you could face a license suspension, steep fines, and possible jail time if you are convicted. If you are currently facing DUII charges, Pendleton Law, LLC is here to defend your rights and help you achieve a favorable outcome.

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Drug Crimes

Although Oregon has legalized marijuana use, there are many other drug offenses that carry criminal penalties. For instance, finding illegal substances such as methamphetamine, heroin, and other opioids in your home, in your car, or on your person could lead to serious charges. If convicted, you could face a lengthy prison sentence, a steep fine, or both. If you have been charged with a drug crime, reach out to Pendleton Law, LLC as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected.

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Police Defense

We understand many of the challenges facing law enforcement officers, and we are proud to offer our defense services to police officers who have found themselves in a stressful situation. If you are an Oregon officer who is currently under investigation, or if you have been charged or placed on leave, we are fully prepared to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you successfully navigate this challenging time. Call Pendleton Law, LLC today to learn more.

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Juvenile Defense

It can be extremely frightening for any parent to learn that their child has been accused of committing a crime. Suddenly, you feel helpless and fearful about what’s to come, and you need a seasoned legal representative to help you understand the juvenile legal system. With over thirty years of legal experience and over 300 criminal trial appearances, our firm will do everything we can to protect your child’s future. Reach out today to get started.

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Property Crimes Defense

As reports of property crimes are increasing throughout Oregon, particularly in more rural areas, the media and law enforcement agencies are on high alert for situations in which it could be argued that a theft, scam, or burglary is taking place. In many of these instances, however, there is no actual crime being committed, and innocent people are being unfairly targeted and punished.

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Over 60 years of combined experience in criminal investigation and criminal law.

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We understand how overwhelming it is to face criminal charges.

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