Providing Comprehensive Legal Services

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Family Law

Family (domestic relations) law is among the most challenging areas of legal practice. At Tuthill & Johnson, LLC, we strive to offer our clients a quick, compassionate and informed resolution to these often difficult cases.

Whatever the situation or complexity of the case, our experienced attorneys provide the knowledge, advice, and legal expertise to get the best results for our clients.

Our family law practice areas include:

  • Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage.
  • Married or unmarried child custody and parenting time (visitation).
  • Child support, including administrative appeals, review, and hearing.
  • Spousal support (alimony).
  • Marital settlement agreements.
  • Pre-marital (pre-nuptial) agreements.
  • Cohabitation agreements.
  • Dissolution of domestic partnerships.
  • Psychological or grandparent/third-party custody and visitation rights.
  • Family Abuse Protection Petitions.
  • Elder abuse or persons with disabilities protection matters.
  • Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) restraining orders.

Criminal Defense

When you've been charged with an offense, you want an experienced legal firm defending you. At Tuthill & Johnson, LLC, our lawyers have spent more than a combined 35 years defending criminal cases in Tillamook County. We are familiar with the courts, judges, procedures, law enforcement, and district attorneys in Tillamook County and consequently are able to provide personalized, local service with regard to criminal defense work.

We believe every person charged with an offense is entitled to a comprehensive, vigorous legal defense. When someone has been charged with an offense, he or she faces a large and powerful foe—the government. The defendant is also faced with extreme consequences—the sacrifice of liberty and/or property.

With law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and to some extent the court and the court process working against you, you need a diligent, resourceful, dedicated attorney to represent you. It is vitally important for anyone under investigation or facing criminal prosecution to retain the best possible attorney as early in the process as possible.

Our areas of criminal defense practice include:

  • Felonies, such as rape, assault, theft, burglary, manslaughter, felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful possession of a weapon, delivery of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance (PCS).
  • Misdemeanors, such as menacing, recklessly endangering, reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), boating under the influence of intoxicants, harassment, driving while suspended, and driving while revoked.
  • Violations, such as speeding tickets, careless driving, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana (PCS), speed racing, and minor in possession (MIP).
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Through the entire process: arrest, release, arraignment, discovery, investigation, negotiations, civil compromise, diversion, entry of plea, trial preparation, trial, sentencing, probation, and expungement, the attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can help you when you have been charged with an offense.

Tuthill & Johnson, LLC has served the needs of those charged with offenses in Tillamook County since 1980. Contact us for more information on how we can assist you with your criminal defense needs.

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Landlord-Tenant/FED

The attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC represent landlords or tenants involved in rental disputes in Tillamook County.

We can help you create or review a rental or lease agreement or serve as your counsel in a dispute.

One common area of landlord-tenant law in which obtaining legal advice is advisable is a Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED) proceeding. This is a court action by a landlord against a tenant to evict the tenant

from a rented dwelling (house, apartment, mobile home, mobile home spaces, or floating home). In Oregon, all contested evictions from residential dwellings must go through the court. The notice requirements of Oregon law for a FED are complex, so obtaining the advice of an attorney is a good idea.

Whether a landlord or a tenant, Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can help you take steps to avoid a rental dispute or advise you if such a dispute occurs. Contact us for a consultation.

Stalking Protective Orders

If you or a member of your family is being stalked, or if you have been served with a temporary stalking protective order, the attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can help you with information and advice on matters in Tillamook County.

Stalking is usually characterized by a pattern of behaviors and the law requires proof of at least two instances of contact. The required elements of stalking as defined by Oregon law are:

Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly alarming or coercing another person or a member of that person's immediate family or household by engaging in unwanted and repeated contact with the other person when it is objectively reasonable for a person in the victim's situation to have been alarmed or coerced and the unwanted contact causes the victim reasonable apprehension regarding his or her personal safety or the safety of his or her immediate family members or household members.

You can get a protective order for stalking that is being committed against you and/or against a member of your immediate family or household. Immediate family includes your father, mother, child, sibling, spouse, grandparent, stepparent, and stepchild. Household member means anyone living with you.

Tuthill & Johnson, LLC has served Tillamook County since 1978. Whether you're a petitioner or a respondent in a civil stalking protective order case in Tillamook County, we can help. Contact us for a consultation.

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Stalking Protective Orders

If you or a member of your family is being stalked, or if you have been served with a temporary stalking protective order, the attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can help you with information and advice on matters in Tillamook County.

Stalking is usually characterized by a pattern of behaviors and the law requires proof of at least two instances of contact. The required elements of stalking as defined by Oregon law are:

Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly alarming or coercing another person or a member of that person's immediate family or household by engaging in unwanted and repeated contact with the other person when it is objectively reasonable for a person in the victim's situation to have been alarmed or coerced and the unwanted contact causes the victim reasonable apprehension regarding his or her personal safety or the safety of his or her immediate family members or household members.

You can get a protective order for stalking that is being committed against you and/or against a member of your immediate family or household. Immediate family includes your father, mother, child, sibling, spouse, grandparent, stepparent, and stepchild. Household member means anyone living with you.

Tuthill & Johnson, LLC has served Tillamook County since 1978. Whether you're a petitioner or a respondent in a civil stalking protective order case in Tillamook County, we can help. Contact us for a consultation.

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Business & Civil Litigation

At Tuthill & Johnson, LLC, our attorneys have represented individuals and businesses, including corporations and limited liability companies, in a wide variety of business-related litigation, from transactional to employment matters, from non-compete disputes to Title VII termination and harassment related matters. We are highly experienced in complex business disputes.

Litigation is a process that resolves a disagreement between two or more people, where people could be individuals, a business, or even government agencies. Typically, people in a dispute attempt to resolve the disagreement between themselves before resorting to legal action. After attorneys are involved, there are often discussions in an attempt to settle the dispute as well. However, in many cases, a court case must be started. The case can still be settled outside a courtroom before trial, but if it can't, a judge or jury will decide the dispute. If damages are awarded, the goal is to make the party that was hurt, "whole" for the damages they suffered as a result of the other party's actions. There is no criminal sentence associated with a civil matter.

Fish & Wildlife

Tillamook County is home to a wide variety of fish and game activities. However, the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) governing these activities are complex. As a result, both amateur sportsmen and commercial fishermen sometimes need assistance with alleged violations of Oregon fish and game laws.
Whether you've been charged with a commercial fishing offense,
taking a game mammal without a tag, waste of a game mammal, or fishing limit violations, Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can help you with your case. Our attorneys have practiced law in Tillamook County for a combined 35 years, giving us a wealth of experience in fish and game cases.

If you've been charged with a fish or wildlife offense, contact us for a consultation.

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Fish & Wildlife

Tillamook County is home to a wide variety of fish and game activities. However, the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) governing these activities are complex. As a result, both amateur sportsmen and commercial fishermen sometimes need assistance with alleged violations of Oregon fish and game laws.
Whether you've been charged with a commercial fishing offense,
taking a game animal without a tag, waste of a game animal, or fishing violations, Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can help you with your case. Our attorneys have practiced law in Tillamook County for over 50 years, giving us a wealth of experience in fish and game cases.

If you've been charged with a fish or wildlife offense, contact us for a consultation.

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Traffic Offenses

From exceeding the posted speed limit to allegations of violating the basic rule, to speed racing citations, to careless driving citations, to driving under the influence of intoxicants charges, the experienced attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can help defend you from prosecution by the state with regard to the entire spectrum of traffic offenses in both Tillamook County Justice Court and Tillamook County Circuit Court.

We can help you with a variety of traffic charges, including:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).
  • Administrative DMV hearings.
  • Speed racing.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Careless driving.
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license.
  • Tuthill & Johnson, LLC has served Tillamook County since
  • 1978 and our attorneys are experienced at providing a
  • vigorous defense for their clients. Contact us for a
  • consultation about your traffic case.

Estate Planning

The attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC in Tillamook County offer a wide range of estate planning services that can help protect your family and your assets in the event that you die, or are incapacitated and unable to make your own decisions.

Our Services

Tuthill & Johnson, LLC offers a basic estate planning package for a flat fee, which includes a simple will, a power of attorney, and an advance directive. Other options, such as testamentary trusts, are also available. We provide special needs trusts, family trusts, and even pet trusts for clients and would like the opportunity to discuss your estate plan with you.

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Estate Planning

The attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC in Tillamook County offer a wide range of estate planning services that can help protect your family and your assets in the event that you die, or are disabled and unable to make your own decisions.

Our Services

Tuthill & Johnson, LLC offers a basic estate planning package for a flat fee, which includes a simple will, a power of attorney, and an advance directive. Other options, such as testamentary and living trusts, are also available. We provide special needs trusts, family trusts, and even pet trusts for clients and would love the opportunity to discuss your estate plan with you.

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How Estate Planning Can Help You

Estate planning is important regardless of your financial status. The attorneys at Tuthill & Johnson, LLC can provide you with an estate plan that:

  • Protects your wealth and assets by minimizing potential taxes and fees. Your estate plan coordinates what would happen with your home, your investments, your business, your life insurance, your employee benefits—such as a 401(k) plan or Investment Retirement Account (IRA)—and other property in the event you become disabled, incompetent or die.
  • Protects your dignity by making sure your wishes regarding health care treatment (such as your preferences on the use of life-sustaining measures) if you are unable to make your own decisions.
  • Protects your heirs by ensuring that your estate is distributed according to your wishes. In the event of your death, a good estate plan makes provisions for your surviving spouse and children. An estate plan can identify who should care for your children if they are minors and identify what resources would be available for them.

Without an estate plan, the legislature of Oregon (via statute) will determine how your estate is distributed. An estate plan is mandatory to maintain control over how your estate is managed upon your death.