Facing any kind of criminal charges can be frightening and confusing. For relatively minor offenses, your loved ones may suggest that you considering forgoing an attorney to save money or because they believe you can represent yourself. However, even for infractions, criminal defendants can face difficult choices with complicated consequences. This is why it is always important to consult with an attorney after the state charges you with even a minor crime. As charges become more serious, you never want to enter a courtroom unrepresented. Furthermore, if you are charged with a Measure 11 crime, it is absolutely imperative that you immediately hire a qualified, experienced Portland criminal defense attorney who will provide a rigorous defense.
Since 1994, Oregon law has set out mandatory minimum prison sentences for a number of certain crimes. Crimes that carry such mandatory minimums are:
- 1st and 2nd degree Manslaughter
- 1st and 2nd degree Assault
- 1st and 2nd degree Kidnapping
- 1st and 2nd degree Rape
- 1st and 2nd degree Sodomy
- 1st and 2nd degree Unlawful Sexual Penetration
- 1st and 2nd degree Robbery
- 1st degree Sexual Abuse
If you are convicted of any of these crimes, the judge has no choice but to sentence you at least the specified mandatory minimum prison term, which can range from 5 years, 10 months to 25 years depending on the charge. Under no circumstances can a judge issue a lower sentence and the sentence can never be reduced below the minimum for good behavior. For this reason, many innocent people feel pressured to plead guilty to a lesser non-Measure 11 crime out of fear of mandatory minimum sentences for the actual charged crime. Even more frightening is the fact that Measure 11 minimums apply to all defendants over the age of 15. This means that your 15 year old may potentially spend years in an adult prison if he is accused of a crime.
If you are facing Measure 11 charges, you must call an experienced Portland criminal defense attorney immediately so that he may begin working on your defense as soon as possible. The lawyers at Kroll & Johnson are dedicated to providing only the best defense for all defendants charged with Measure 11 crimes to make sure defendants do not receive excessive sentences and to keep innocent people out of jail.
If you have been charged with any of the above Measure 11 crimes, call Kroll & Johnson right away for a free consultation.