Oregon Repeat Property Offense Attorneys
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In Oregon, repeat property offenses are handled differently than one-time only offenses. According to ORS 137.717, repeat offenses are subject to significantly harsher sentences, including mandatory minimum prison sentences of up to 24 months. In serious property crime cases, these mandatory minimums may come into play after only a second offense. In minor property crime cases, such as small shoplifting cases, the mandatory minimums may not come into play until after the offense is repeated multiple times. The Repeat property offender law is complicated. An experienced criminal defense lawyer must review it carefully with the client to be sure whether or not it applies in a particular case.
At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our Portland theft crime attorneys have decades of experience defending people accused of repeat property offenses, such as:
- Shoplifting or retail theft
- Employee theft
- Car theft
A Repeat Offense Does Not Require a Previous Conviction
Many people are surprised to find themselves accused of repeat property offenses the first time they have been charged with a theft crime. A previous conviction is not required for a person to be charged with repeat property offenses and only evidence that multiple offenses were committed is needed. If a person is arrested after burglarizing two houses on the same night, that person could be charged with repeat property offenses under ORS 137.717 and face a mandatory prison sentence if convicted. If a person is arrested after being videotaped shoplifting from the same store multiple times, the above is also true.
Defense against allegations of one theft charge is challenging enough. Defending against allegations of multiple offenses requires a tough and aggressive approach from experienced Portland criminal defense lawyer who knows how to balance all of the evidence involved, building a strong and effective criminal defense strategy. That is what Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. does.
The Attorney-Client Relationship Is at the Heart of What We Do
Our law firm is committed to providing the highest-quality legal representation based on your unique situation and at reasonable rates. At our firm, the attorney/client relationship is the foundation of all of our cases and we want you to know that you can trust us with your matter.
If you are looking for an experienced Portland repeat property offenses lawyer, call (503) 303-0771, or send us an e-mail.