John E. Gutbezahl, LLC

<b>John E. Gutbezahl, LLC</b>

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.

Firm Overview

My firm is located in Lake Oswego, Oregon however I have successfully defended people in central, southern and eastern Oregon as well the 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, DUI, narcotics trafficking, sexual offenses and capital murder. I have tried over 200 felony jury trials and numerous misdemeanor offenses.

In my prosecutorial career, I've specialized in sexual offenses, drug cases 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 includes countless Not Guilty verdicts as well as 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


Free Initial Consultation?
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Most cases are handled by a flat fee. This limits your legal fees and avoids large monthly bills that can become too large to handle. You know 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 now 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 successfully handled sex crimes, robberies, drug cases and homicides (including capital cases) on both sides of the aisle. This experience is invaluable in helping me evaluate, prepare and ultimately try a case.

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

The better a client is informed the more they can help me. One client I successfully represented on three separate attempted murder indictments became well versed in the law. He offered suggestions that I successfully adopted.

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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Protect yourself by obtaining counsel that has over nine years as a prosecutor and three years as a defense lawyer! I will work for you at all stages, including but not limited to investigation, court hearings, negotiations, deposition and trial . . .

I graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987. After moving to Portland in 1990 I graduated from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1993.

During law school I was a certified law student at the Metropolitan Public Defenders office and gained my first courtroom experiences, including jury trials. After graduation, I opened up my practice, and through association with and referrals from other attorneys my practice began to thrive.

In December 1995 I was hired by a firm in St. Helens, Oregon representing individuals charged with crimes by the government and tried many cases. After a brief stint with a firm in Beaverton, I was hired by the Columbia County District Attorney's office in April 1997.

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Over my 8+ years as a deputy district attorney I've tried cases ranging from DUI all the way to capital murder. I've tried over 100 felony trials murder, including capital murder, attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder, and many sexual assault, burglary, felony assault, firearm, meth lab, theft, and stolen vehicles. I worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in 2005-2006 in Cowlick County Washington for the last year specializing in sexual and violent crimes. I have also written appeals in both states.

I specialize in criminal defense in Oregon and Washington. I handle all levels of offenses as well as appeals and post-conviction relief.

I handle the expungement of convictions and having convictions set aside.

I am a former prosecutor in Oregon and Washington. Prior to being a prosecutor, I was in private practice and in my 13 years of practice I have tried over 100 cases, ranging from misdemeanors, including domestic violence and DUI all the way to capital murder. I was in charge of drug prosecutions and sex offense prosecution in Columbia County. In Cowlitz County Washington, I handled felony property and person crimes. I also have appellate experience in both states and am also admitted to the federal district of Oregon.

In the two years since going into private practice I have obtained acquittals in Attempted Murder, Assault on a Public Safety Officer, and Assault cases. I have obtained dismissals after successfully having evidence suppressed in drug cases. I have pressured the state to dismiss in other domestic violence cases and assault cases. Furthermore, I have successfully negotiated complex cases to ensure a just result for my clients.

My office is located in prestigious Lake Oswego and I am admitted to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington and New York as well as the federal District for Oregon.

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