Child Abuse Attorneys in Portland

Aggressively Fighting Child Sex Offense Charges

Allegations involving the sexual abuse of children can shock the conscience and cause otherwise reasonable people to jump to ill-informed conclusions. Many such offenses now carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years to life upon conviction. If you have been charged with a sex crime involving a child, you have a good idea of what could be at stake. Prison. Placement on the Sex Offender Registry. A stigma that will follow you for the rest of your life. These cases require more than just a lawyer. They require a legal team comprised of an experienced Portland child abuse attorney, an experienced and effective private investigator, and the appropriate expert witnesses in order to successfully defend our client.

We are Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. Our lawyers have built a strong reputation throughout Oregon for our efforts defending people against serious criminal charges, including crimes where the alleged victims are children. We have utilized a number of licensed private investigators and appropriate expert witnesses in defense of our clients. The laws relating to the admissibility of evidence in these cases are undergoing major changes. Experts for the government may no longer come into court and give allegedly unsubstantiated diagnoses of sexual abuse. Witnesses may not be allowed to testify as to what the child may or may not have told them. If you are accused in such a case, you need an attorney who is up-to-date on all these changes in the law.

We can defend against the full range of charges such as:

  • Rape
  • Sodomy
  • Unlawful sexual penetration
  • Encouraging child sexual abuse
  • Possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct of a child

Our law firm also defends against federal child pornography allegations, including:

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Production of child pornography

Fighting These Allegations on Every Front

Upon hiring our firm, we will delve into these allegations to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the government's case and evidence. Our first question in child sex abuse cases is, “Where are these allegations coming from?” Many young children are particularly suggestible. In certain cases, particularly when the allegations are made by a child against a parent, these allegations may be fabricated by a bitter ex-spouse. We will fully explore all the evidence and seek the most favorable outcome for these charges.

In cases involving the alleged possession or distribution of explicit images, it will usually be necessary to work with technical experts to determine whether the evidence is valid. Recent developments in Oregon's law, as it relates to possession of child pornography, are certain to change yet again in the near future. Our child abuse attorneys in Portland keep on top of all of the developments in these areas.

Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.

Our law firm is committed to providing high-quality legal representation at reasonable rates. We are also dedicated to discretion and protecting our clients' privacy to the greatest extent possible as they move through the criminal justice system. Call us today at (503) 303-0771 or feel free to contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable Portland child abuse lawyers.

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