In 1994 Oregon passed Ballot Measure 11. This was a ‘tough on crime’ law that established harsh minimum sentences for certain felony crimes. The so-called “measure 11” crimes include murder, manslaughter, assault, kidnapping, robbery, rape, and sexual abuse. The minimum sentences for these crimes range from 5 years for second degree robbery to 25 years for murder. Regardless of the facts of a case, a judge can’t sentence a person to less time than this law says. Moreover, parole and time off for good behavior are not options for these crimes.
If You Are Facing Felony Charges, Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away
Considering the severe minimum punishment for a conviction of these crimes, it is crucial for anyone charged with a “measure 11” crime in Oregon to have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing them. An experienced criminal defense attorney that can investigate any possible defenses, protect your right to a fair trial, and negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf.
It is also important to be represented by an attorney that is familiar with the local rules. For instance, if you have been charged with a felony in Washington County, you need an experienced Washington County felony attorney to represent you. Only a local attorney will understand the unwritten procedures that courts expect to be followed, and be familiar with the judges and local prosecuting office. An attorney with all of this local knowledge can help your case.
Above all else, you should never speak to police or prosecutors about your case until you have spoken to your attorney first. You have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent; you should always invoke it unless your attorney has instructed you otherwise.
Felony Defense Attorney Lawrence L. Taylor, Attorney at Law
Lawrence L. Taylor, Attorney at Law, has practiced law for 25 years and has been representing criminal defendants in Oregon since 1992. He primarily serves clients in Washington and Multnomah Counties. If you need a Washington or Multnomah County felony lawyer, Lawrence is here to help. He is dedicated to providing focused and aggressive criminal defense for each of his clients. If you have been charged with a felony in Oregon, call attorney Lawrence Taylor to discuss your case at 503-228-2578.