Monday, September 25, 2017

Not Guilty on Sex Abuse

Criminal Defense Case - Salem Oregon 

A Marion County jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on a Sex Abuse case recently.  Gig Wyatt, for the defense, felt that the case turned on the credibility of the complaining witness.  Though she testified that she called the police within an hour of the event, call records showed that the call came in the following day.  She also testified that she called from her home, but Wyatt pointed out that the call originated from a law office downtown.  “I think the jury felt she may have had an alternative motive, perhaps that she contacted a lawyer the next day and was setting him up for a lawsuit,” Wyatt said.

These were 2 adults who were not known to each other. 

Gig Wyatt has been in practice in Oregon for over 30 years and specializes in criminal defense.  He is a partner in the law firm of Harris, Wyatt, Amala LLC in Salem.


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Criminal defense Salem Oregon 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Not Guilty in Measure 11 Assault



Criminal defense attorney Gig Wyatt tried a 2 day case in Polk Co recently in
which the defendant was acquitted of the Measure 11 charge of Assault in the 2nd degree.


The complainant testified that defendant struck her repeatedly, reporting the she struck her head and damaged drywall in the home and left her unconscious.  She testified that she was knocked out, broke both her wrists and also broke her ribs. The defense acknowledged that she broke her wrists, but elicited testimony that she struck defendant “as hard as I could.” 

Wyatt also introduced her hospital records which noted “no LOC” (loss of consciousness).  The crime scene photos showed pictures of the drywall, but it was found that the damage was not from her head, but more likely from damage she purposely caused to stage the scene.  “It was important to show her lack of credibility, the changes in her testimony, and the unlikely chain of events which she reported,” according to Wyatt.  “Her own hospital records impeached her.”

Gig Wyatt is a partner in the law firm of Harris, Wyatt, Amala, LLC and has been in practice for over 30 years.

Attorneys at Law Harris, Wyatt, and Amala
5778 Commercial St SE Salem Or 97306
503-378-7844

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Monday, March 20, 2017

DUI Case Dismissed - Unlawful Stop

Daniel was stopped by police because his rear window was broken.  He had temporarily covered  the  window with plastic to keep the rain out. The police alleged this constituted a traffic violation which justified the traffic stop. After field sobriety testing and a breath test well over the legal limit, Daniel was charged with DUII and Driving While suspended.  Through a motion to suppress evidence, the defense challenged the lawfulness of the stop. 

The Judge agreed with the defense that the reason for the stop was unlawful, and suppressed all evidence the state gathered after the stop including the identity of the Defendant, the field sobriety tests and the breath test.  “This case strongly illustrates the value of establishing an unlawful stop,” said defense attorney Randall Snow.  “When an unlawful stop is established, the State rarely has enough evidence to proceed with the case and will typically dismiss as they did here.”

Another case won by Randall Snow, an attorney at Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC. His practice focuses on criminal defense and personal injury law.

Gig Wyatt, Randall Snow, Byron Farley
Salem DUI Defense

Attorneys at Law Harris, Wyatt, and Amala
5778 Commercial St SE Salem Or 97306
503-378-7844

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False Accusation - Domestic Violence Case Dismissed

After being falsely accused of domestic violence assault, Ken was emotionally devastated. Although he knew he was innocent, the alleged victim told the police that Ken had pushed her down to the ground and slammed a door on her back and head. Despite the lack of physical or medical evidence, the State proceeded with the case. As the trial date approached, it was clear to the defense that the alleged victim had not been truthful with police and was becoming worried about committing perjury by repeating her false allegations under oath.

Evidence of her bias and hatred for Ken had been uncovered in cell phone records, emails, Internet postings, and witness interviews. “A jury trial is the great equalizer in our justice system,” said defense attorney Randall Snow, “it becomes very difficult for an untrue story to hold up while being questioned under oath.” Ultimately, all charges were dismissed. “Being falsely accused of a crime is extremely difficult to put behind you,” said Snow, “the stigma and damage to one’s reputation can last a long time.”

Another case won by Randall Snow, an attorney at Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC. His practice focuses on criminal defense and personal injury law.

Gig Wyatt, Randall Snow, Byron Farley
Salem DUI Defense

Attorneys at Law Harris, Wyatt, and Amala
5778 Commercial St SE Salem Or 97306
503-378-7844

 Information about the " Actual Cases" is provided here only for educational purposes related to real life situations in DUI defense. This information should not be interpreted as having the same results for your case, legal advice, nor substituted for the specific legal advice of an experienced attorney.