John E. Gutbezahl, LLC

My firm is dedicated to the protection of the rights and liberties of the accused. I am a former prosecutor and opened my private practice in 2006. In that time, I have successfully defended individuals accused of the most serious crimes.

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Firm Overview

My firm is located in Lake Oswego Oregon, however I have successfully defended people in central, southern and eastern Oregon as well northwest corner of the state. I am licensed to practice in state and federal court in Oregon, as well as in Washington.

No case is too big for my office to handle. I have at my disposal an associate, investigators and forensic experts. I have represented people accused of the most serious offenses, including but not limited to, DUII, narcotics trafficking, sexual offenses and capital murder. I have tried over 200 felony jury trials and numerous misdemeanor offenses.

In my prosecutorial career, I specialized in sexual offenses, drug case and homicides. I am well versed in search and seizure law and have had large amounts of narcotics suppressed due to prevailing by motions.

When you have been accused of a crime, you want someone in front of you who has a proven track record, is fearless in court, and can handle the pressure of trial. My success is not limited to countless Not Guilty verdicts but also in dismissals and favorable negotiated settlements.
Main Office

Lake Oswego Office
5 Centerpointe Drive
Suite 250
Lake Oswego  OR  97035

  • (503) 594-1919
  • (503)841-6509


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Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Most cases are handled by a flat fee. That limits your legal fees and avoids large monthly bills that can become too large to handle. You now exactly how much your legal fees will be. We go the extra mile to provide zealous and affordable representation.

My belief is that once you have paid for your crime, you should pursue having your record set aside.
Not all crimes are expungeable however, we offer a free consultation to help determine whether or not your offense is expungeable. Also please recognize that arrests are also expungeable.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have had a passion for criminal defense ever since I interned at the Metropolitan Public Defenders Office in Portland Oregon. I saw defendants were people often times in trouble out of circumstance, bad choices or actually innocent. I have zealously represented hundreds of individuals charged in State and Federal court with a tremendous amount of success. I take great pride in my trial record but especially in helping people who need it the most. To me, the rights of the accused are paramount in order to check the power of the government and its ability to charge and incarcerate people. I firmly believe that excellent representation should also be affordable. I treat my clients with respect and dignity and remain friends with a great number of my clients.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

I was a state prosecutor for almost ten years. In that time, I developed excellent trial skills, firm knowledge of the evidence code and search and seizure issues. That experience gives me an insight into my opponent's strengths and weaknesses know that I am on the other side of the aisle.

I have tried literally hundreds of cases with great success on both sides of the aisle. I have been retained to represent people who I formerly prosecuted because they were impressed with my skills. I have done sex offense, robberies, drug cases and homicides (including capital cases) on both sides of the aisle. This experience is invaluable in helping me evaluation, prepare and ultimately try a case.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Absolutely, the better a client is informed the more they can help me. I had one client who I successfully represented on three separate attempted murder indictments who became well versed in the law. He offered suggestions that I adopted and were successful in their use.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

My style is that my client is absolutely not guilty unless and until a judge or jury says so or after careful consideration a client admits guilt in court. The important part is the "unless." I always bristle at TV shows that say "all persons are innocent until proven guilty" as if it is inevitable that person is found guilty.

John Gutbezahl

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