Portland Rape Defense Attorneys

Backed by 60+ years of Combined Legal Experience

Charges of rape or sexual assault are some of the most serious charges any person can face. The penalties associated with these charges can be extremely severe. Most such sexual offenses carry with them mandatory prison sentences upon conviction, under what is commonly referred to as Measure 11. Sentences for sexual assault under Measure 11 can range from 5 years and 10 months to 25 years or more in prison for a first-time offense. A third conviction for a sexual offense in one's lifetime can carry with it a sentence of life imprisonment.

Aside from the obvious penalties of incarceration, fines, and supervision, if you are found guilty of a felony level sex crime, you will be required to register as a sex offender. You can be placed on lifetime post-prison supervision. The consequences of a sex crime conviction are devastating and can last for life.

Rape and other sexual assault charges do not always require force. Oregon law provides that such charges can be based on such factors as: the age of the alleged victim (i.e, “statutory rape”), a simple lack of consent, or any incapacity to give consent (iI.e. intoxication or unconsciousness.)

Special and complex evidentiary rules can often come into play in sexual assault cases. Oregon’s “Rape Shield” law can severely limit the defense’s ability to submit otherwise relevant evidence in such cases. For certain offenses, there may be special age-related defenses. For less serious sexual offenses, there may be an opportunity to seek relief from sex offender registration requirements. If you are under investigation for rape or sexual assault or if you have been arrested or charged, you need an experienced Portland rape defense attorney who can mount a powerful defense against these allegations.

What We Can Do for you

Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. has the experience, skills, and discretion you need to combat these charges. Our lawyers offer more than 60 years of in-depth, combined experience in defending individuals against serious criminal charges.

We are equipped to defend against the full range of sexual criminal charges, including:

  • Rape
  • Sodomy
  • Unlawful sexual penetration
  • Sexual abuse
  • Online sexual corruption of a child

In many sex crimes cases, particularly when the accuser knows the accused, the charges are largely based on the word of the accuser. We will find and present all evidence that casts reasonable doubt on the credibility of this evidence. Other common issues in sex crime allegations can relate to identification or the validity of DNA evidence. We will find all available defenses in your case while working towards the most favorable disposition of the charges.

Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.

Our law firm is committed to providing high-quality defense at reasonable rates. All initial consultations are free. In all cases, we make sure our clients always understand exactly what fees and costs they will pay for our services.

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Call us today at (503) 303-0771 or contact us online for all your legal needs.

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