As Deputy District Attorney in Corvallis for seven years, Dan Armstrong prosecuted hundreds of OSU students for almost every possible crime. Over the past 13 years he’s defended hundreds of OSU students against all those crimes. The two roles give Dan unique experience and and an understanding of the most effective way to handle criminal cases against students.
Student trouble is usually nothing more than immature decisions or mischief related to alcohol. Yesterday those things were overlooked. Not today. Now youthful indiscretions collide with increasingly intolerant social expectations and stricter police presence. Student mistakes are now charged as crimes that can derail investment in education and career. The goal is to avoid life-altering negative collateral consequence from an immature act or night of drunken foolishness.
The single-minded goal of an OSU student is to keep a clean record. Students are our next generation of homeowners and taxpayers. Dan has negotiated and settled that reality thousands of times in Corvallis over the past 20 years. He knows how to make deals that fix things. The key is upfront planning to contain charges, craft a solution, and get a good result. Dan tells OSU students and parents how to do that.
Dan has represented OSU’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity for years. He has represented most other fraternities.
In one case, members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity were charged and the organization itself was at risk. Dan worked to reinstate Phi Delta. It got a fine of $3500 and its members each had to perform two hours of community service. Thirty seven criminal counts were dismissed. Its officers were not convicted. After several months they were eligible to expunge their records completely.
Dan can also assist in a variety of non-criminal cases. Read the news story about the outcome of an on-campus dispute tried by the Associated Students of Oregon State University. OSU’s Student Body President was acquitted in an ASOSU Senate trial after being impeached by the ASOSU House by 15 to 8. The president won even after her lawyer was 86’d from the trial. That takes talent.
The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
— Abraham Lincoln