Criminal Defense Attorneys in Portland
Helping You Fight Your Federal Criminal Offender Designation
The career offender designation is a type of "three strikes" law that can apply after a person has been convicted of certain offenses in federal court. A defendant who has been classified as a "career offender" faces significantly more severe penalties.
The federal sentencing guidelines designate a person a career offender when:
- The person is at least 18 years old at the time of the crime of conviction and
- The crime of conviction is either a felony crime of violence or a felony controlled substance offense and
- The person has at least two prior felony convictions for either a crime of violence or a controlled substance offense
For sentencing guidelines purposes, a career offender designation results in an enhanced offense level and essentially places the defendant in the worst possible criminal history category. The proper and lawful application of the career offender designation is both extremely complex and technical. It is the government's responsibility to prove that a defendant qualifies for an enhanced career offender sentence. A knowledgeable Portland criminal defense attorney can raise proper objections and arguments in an effort to prevent this.
This area of the law requires in-depth knowledge of both federal sentencing guidelines and state and federal criminal law. At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our Portland criminal defense lawyers have more than 60 years of combined legal experience, much of it focused on federal criminal defense. We have the skills and knowledge to build strong cases for clients who may be deemed career offenders.
You can contact us online or call us today at (503) 303-0771 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our trustworthy criminal defense lawyers in Portland.
What Our Attorneys Can Do for You
When defending a client against a charge that may result in a more severe sentence, our attorneys develop a strategy that focuses on reviewing the prior convictions as well as fighting the current charge. The government must properly prove that the previous two cases resulted in qualifying convictions. Similarly, we explore all the options for having the current charge reduced to a crime that will ideally result in a less severe sentence.
If you have been charged or believe you are under investigation for an offense that will put you into the career criminal category, it is vital that you consult an experienced attorney. Our attorneys know how to review the evidence against you and challenge your previous charges and convictions. There is a great deal at stake for our clients; they are facing a far lengthier prison sentence — up to life in prison — than they would receive without the career offender designation.
Our federal criminal defense lawyers are skilled negotiators and have been able to work with prosecutors to obtain sentences lower than those recommended by the sentencing guidelines. We also negotiate in pursuit of reduced charges that would not result in classification as a career offender. Lastly, we are accomplished federal trial lawyers who will proficiently fight for you in court.
Call a Federal Career Offender Attorney
Our law firm is committed to providing high-quality defense at reasonable rates and is dedicated to protecting our clients' rights throughout the legal process. We offer a free initial consultation. Call Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. at (503) 303-0771 or send us an e-mail.