A man has been arrested for a murder that occurred on January 8. a Multnomah County grand jury, filed charges of murder and felon in possession of a firearm against a man alleged to have been the culprit. The victim was a homeless man who had been shot in the head. As a Portland Criminal Defense Lawyer, these charges could result in serious prison time if the man alleged of these crimes is convicted.
Measure 11 Violent Crimes explained by a Portland Criminal Defense Lawyer
Murder is one of the crimes that falls under Measure 11, a law in Oregon that guarantees someone convicted of a violent crime serve a lengthy mandatory minimum sentence. This was a law passed by Oregon voters in 1994 as a response to a perception that society was too easy on violent criminals.
When a person is charged with a crime that falls under Measure 11 sentencing guidelines, it is important they have an experienced Portland Criminal Defense Lawyer at their side. It may be possible to strike a plea deal that significantly reduces the amount of time a person will spend in prison. Since there is a great risk at going to trial charged with such a crime, an experienced attorney can examine the facts of the particular case to determine if the risk is worth it. They can then offer sound advice to the client on how best to proceed.
At Kroll & Johnson, we have helped many clients charged with Measure 11 violent crimes. We will examine the facts of your case and offer our advice regarding going to trial versus pleading down. This way, we can do our best to ensure that a client achieves a positive result for his or her particular charges. To speak to a Portland Criminal Defense Lawyer about your charges, contact Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation.