Arrested in Portland for Commercial Sexual Solicitation?


Arrested in Portland for Hiring a Prostitute? You may be able to get the case dismissed through the community court program. This program, unique to Multnomah County, is for people charged with Commercial Sexual Solicitation, a Class A misdemeanor. Commercial Sexual Solicitation was formerly known as Patronizing a Prostitute, or Prostitution.


The community court program is not available for people charged with prostitution related felonies, such as Promoting Prostitution and Compelling Prostitution.

If you successfully complete the program, the judge will dismiss your case. The program requires that you remain crime free for 6 months and that you attend a 1 day “Johns” class. The class costs around $1,000. The class is usually offered on a Saturday. It is held once a month, or once every other month. If you live out of state, you will need to make arrangements to attend the class. But, I may be able to have your appearances in court waived.


Many people believe that once the judge dismisses the charge of Commercial Sexual Solicitation, the records are automatically erased. This is not true. There are still court records, DA records, and police records we will need to have sealed (commonly called “expungement”).

We can begin the process of having the record of arrest (or citation) expunged as soon as the judge dismisses your case. Once the judge signs the expungement order, you may swear under oath that you have never been arrested or cited for a crime. We can also take steps to ensure that the record does not appear on any internet background searches.

I have worked with many people accused of Commercial Sexual Solicitation and Prostitution related crimes. I understand and appreciate my clients’ needs for discretion. And I work with them to resolve their cases and expungements as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Marijuana is Legal in Oregon (But Not Yet.)


Yes, Oregon voted in favor of legalizing marijuana last night. But don’t light up that celebratory joint just yet: you cannot legally possess marijuana in Oregon until July 1, 2015, unless you have a medical marijuana card. The section of Measure 91 which covers recreational possession of marijuana passed, but it’s not in effect. Not just yet. So if you’re caught between now and July 1, 2015, here’s what you’re facing:

Less than 1 ounce = violation (the penalty is a fine, no jail)
1 – 4 ounces = misdemeanor
More than 4 ounces = felony

Many courts, including Multnomah County, still offer diversion and deferred sentencing options as a way to avoid a conviction.

After July 1, 2015, you can legally possess:
Up to 1 ounce on your person
Up to 8 ounces of marijuana at home


You must be 21 years old or older to buy or use marijuana
You may not use it in public or in your car
You may use it at home, but away from public view (no standing in front of a window, out in front of the garage, etc.)
You may not use it while driving. It’s still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.
You may grow up to 4 plants.


Most likely shops will not be open by July 1, 2015. This is because the OLCC has until 2016 to issue business licenses to marijuana sellers. So, while you may possess it on July 1, 2015, buying it may be difficult. And don’t buy it in Washington and carry it back: it’s still illegal to transport drugs, even when the drugs are legal in the adjacent states, across state lines. Transporting marijuana across state lines is a violation of federal law and could result in federal prison time.

So while many people are celebrating the passage of Measure 91, just make sure you know the rules. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way in keeping you – and your loved ones — legal and safe.