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Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes


Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Hughes Law
Bend, OR

About Michael Hughes

Attorney Biography

Attorney and farmer, Michael Hughes has been practicing law since 1999. He has dedicated his practice to helping people navigate complex legal issues and fighting for their rights. His practice areas include agricultural law, business law, criminal defense, political consulting, personal injury, land use and litigation. Mr. Hughes is also an expert regarding cannabis law and cannabis production. He consults with hemp and cannabis companies regarding both legal and production issues. He also provides expert witness opinion and testimony regarding in both criminal and civil cases involving cannabis and hemp.

Mr. Hughes has extensively studied the cannabis plant for over 25 years. "Hemp", a non-psychoactive strain of the cannabis plant, was a feral crop in eastern Nebraska where he grew up. Hemp had been grown commercially in that area for multiple generations. Mr. Hughes was able to learn much about this plant at an early age, both from observing the feral hemp growing every year, and by learning about its production from those who used to do it commercially. His grandfather's generation was the last to legally farm hemp in the United States, prior to 1937. This life experience provided Mr. Hughes with a wealth of information about the cannabis plant and a particular interest in industrial hemp.

Mr. Hughes founded the Industrial Hemp Producers Association in 1997 while still in law school. In 1999 he wrote an unpublished article called "Industrial Hemp: What is there to legalize?"

Mr. Hughes grew up in Nebraska, an area known for hard-working, no-nonsense people. He attended high school in southwest Missouri in a blue-collar factory town on the edge of the Ozarks. Mr. Hughes has worked in farm fields, factories, lumber yards, construction sites, and as a security guard, prior to going to law school.

Mr. Hughes studied criminal law in college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 1995. Mr. Hughes then went on to study at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. He graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1999. While in law school Mr. Hughes was a law clerk for the United Stated Department of Agriculture. Mr. Hughes was also an adjunct professor of Criminal Law and Procedure at Minnesota State University – Moorhead. Mr. Hughes was also selected to attend the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and graduated from there in 2006.

As a hard-fighting attorney, Mr. Hughes has developed a reputation as a fierce trial lawyer, an advocate for his clients and street savvy business consultant. He has obtained many favorable outcomes for his clients at jury trial, including many not guilty verdicts. Mr. Hughes possess the rare combination of passion, instinct and experience, that provides the organic ingredients necessary to make a great lawyer and consigliore. A passionate advocate for the wrongfully accused and injured. A street-smart person, with the type of sharp instincts needed to make tough decisions when it matters. A legal warrior with experience in the trenches, who understands that freedom and justice flow from victory. Mr. Hughes is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon.


Practice Areas

 
Criminal Defense (50%)
 
Business Law (11%)
 
Environmental Law (10%)
 
Local Government Law (10%)
 
Land Use and Zoning (9%)
 
DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving (9%)
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Bar Licenses

Oregon State Bar
Oregon
Member in Good Standing
2013

Nebraska State Bar
Nebraska
Member in Good Standing
2004

Minnesota State Bar
Minnesota
Member in Good Standing
1999

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Work Experience

Hughes Law
2013

The Hughes Companies
2012

Berg & Associates
20112012

Hazelton Injury Attorneys
20072011

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure
20042007

Public Defender - 7th Judicial District Minn.
19992007

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Education

Drake University Law School
Drake University Law School
J.D.
1999

University of Nebraska
B.S.
1995

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Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
2013

NORML Marijuana Business Section
NORML Marijuana Business Section

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lifetime Member
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Member
Industrial Hemp Rules Advisory Committee
2016

Executive
Cannabis Law Section – Executive Committee
2016

Member
Marijuana Advisory Committee
2015

Member
American Civil Liberties Union
2013

Member
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
2013

Member
Oregon State Bar
2013

Graduate
Trial Lawyers College
2006

Member
Nebraska State Bar Association
2004

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Contact Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes
Hughes Law
747 SW Mill View Way
Bend, OR 97702
www.mrhugheslaw.com
Office: 541-667-9567

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Oregon State Bar Membership -

Michael Hughes - Membership information with the Oregon State Bar - Find more information about Michael Hughes on the Oregon State Bar website including status and disciplinary history.


Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.


NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.



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