Sunil K Raju

Sunil K Raju

Oregon Diversion Firm
  • DUI & DWI
  • Oregon, Oregon, Oregon
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Summary

For over 6 years I served as a Deputy District Attorney in 2 of Oregon's busiest DA's offices. I prosecuted countless cases, including being the lead trial prosecutor in over 100 criminal trials, the majority of which were jury trials. I charged, negotiated, and tried every kind of DUI case imaginable, as well as many other types of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. I now focus my DUI practice on representing 1st-time DUI drivers who desire a concierge experience in the court system. Rather than simply focus on helping clients enter DUI Diversion or otherwise quietly resolve their case, the Oregon Diversion Firm proactively plans with DUI clients who need and value legal services above and beyond the "average" DUI firm. We work with clients to protect and manage impacts to their business or employment; their professional license; and any other impacts of concern.

Practice Area
  • DUI & DWI
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat Fee Agreements. A refundable deposit is required in order to schedule a consultation. If a potential client sincerely does not believe that the consultation was helpful, the refundable deposit will be refunded, with no questions asked. Otherwise, the deposit is applied toward legal fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
Oregon
Oregon
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder and Principal Attorney
Oregon Diversion Firm
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The mission of the firm is to provide 1st-time DUI drivers with a concierge experience in the court system. Going beyond the "average" DUI firm, the Oregon Diversion Firm caters to and works with high-end DUI drivers, to proactively plan for and manage any impacts to other areas of the their life. Commons concerns for our clients include: How will this DUI affect my business? How will this DUI affect my executive compensation package? How will this DUI affect my H-1-B visa? How will this DUI affect my professional license? Etc. The firm offers a number of packages designed to comprehensively help our DUI clients.
DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney
Sherwood Criminal Defense
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My goal is to help people do three things: 1. Win: Beat your DUI or other criminal charge. 2. Erase: Clear arrests and convictions from your record. 3. Start Over: Help you get a second chance and move on with your life. I can only help you if you schedule an appointment online or call 503-655-7199.
Family Law Attorney
Sherwood Family Law
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Deputy District Attorney
Washington County District Attorney's Office
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Over the course of 3 years, I focused on honing my skills as a trial lawyer, and brought my career trial total as lead trial prosecutor to over criminal 100 cases, most of which were jury trials. This gave me valuable insight into how judges and juries decide cases, and allowed me to develop the skills and experience it takes to present my client's case effectively. I prosecuted every type of DUI imaginable, and many types of other misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. This meant deciding whether to charge somebody with a crime, negotiating plea deals, and taking the cases to trial. It also meant working with police officers to write and execute search warrants, and as well as preparing police officers and others to testify for the State.
Deputy District Attorney
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
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I prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor criminal cases, including DUI's, and was lead trial prosecutor in almost 20 criminal cases, most of which were jury trials. This gave me a sense of how and why judges and juries decide cases. I also supervised the Support Enforcement Division for the Gresham branch of the DA's office. This meant that I gained insights into how the State establishes, modifies, and enforces child support orders; this office also enforced spousal support orders, as well. Continuing with child and spousal support, I also prepared, charged, and filed criminal contempt charges to go after people who were not paying support, and learned how the prosecution and judges make decisions in these cases.
Education
Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D.
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Honors: Best Advocate
Northwestern University
B.A. / Economics
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Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Multnomah County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Oregon DUI Legal Standard
Uncommon Oregon DUI Tests
Oregon DUI Breath Test
Oregon DUI 101
Common Oregon DUI Tests
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. Important questions to ask in DUII in Oregon?
A: One of the most important questions to ask your attorney is what experience they have in prosecuting or defending DUI cases. Many attorneys would have to say "none." Remember, attorneys are just like any other profession--you need to ask questions to make sure your attorney has the kind of experience that work to your advantage.
Q. I had a DUII in 1998 and another one in 1999 another in 2009. My license is now revoked. Can I ever get it back?
A: It sounds like your driver's license for revoked for life. A "lifetime" revocation means that your driver's license is "permanently" revoked. But, after the passage of time, you may be able to get your license back. A skilled attorney can review your criminal history and explain DMV's regulations to you, so you know when and how you can get your license back. ***This is NOT legal advice. For legal advice tailored to your situation, contact an attorney.***
Q. I need to know if it would be better to go to trial or take the plea for felony possesion
A: It depends on what you mean by "felony possession." Of a firearm? Drugs? Generally, in addition to the type of charges involved, your criminal history, being on probation or parole, and the facts of your cases are the biggest factors. A skilled defense attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons of taking the case to trial v. pleading the case out, and help you decide if you can be the charge in your case. ***This is NOT legal advice. For legal advice tailored to your case, consult an attorney.***
Q. Can someone conducting an investigation shine lights at you in your home and remain around your property?
A: If that someone is a police officer, there are strict limitations on what the officer can do on your property. The normal requirement is that to enter a person's property police must have a warrant, and if they do not have a warrant, they must believe that there is some specific justification to enter your property. If that someone is not a police officer, they may be trespassing on your property. ***This is NOT legal advice. For legal advice tailored to your situation, consult an attorney.***
Q. If I am victim(witness) in a domestic violence case in Washington county Oregon. I no longer live in the same place.
A: For you to be "served" with a subpoena means that somebody, usually a Sheriff's Deputy, must actually serve you with a subpoena. If you get the subpoena in some other way--say, you get it mailed to you, or you talk to somebody on the phone--is NOT a way of getting "served" if you are a witness in a criminal case. ***This is NOT legal advice, but a general answer. Consult an attorney for legal advice tailored to your situation***
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Beaverton, OR, USA
Telephone: (503) 575-1244