Portland woman facing multiple felony charges
Crimes of violence, such as murder and armed robbery, are considered felonies and carry greater punishments than those of smaller misdemeanor crimes. Felonies are considered violations of the moral standards of society. And because such heinous acts pose a great threat to the general public, felonies in Portland, Oregon often result in serious penalties.
A 24-year-old woman is accused of soliciting her fellow prison inmates to arrange for a third party to kill the witnesses connected to her pending robbery case. The indictment accuses her of trying to get fellow prisoners to set up someone on the outside to commit the murders. As a result, a grand jury has indicted her for four counts of attempted aggravated murder and eight counts of solicitation of aggravated murder. She was already in prison, facing 12 other felony charges related to the robbery case.
In the probable cause affidavit, the woman and an alleged accomplice were allegedly involved in a robbery of another couple who were staying at the same hotel. The affidavit also accused the defendants of armed robbery -- ordering the other couple into their room's lavatory at gun point and stealing their personal property. The woman has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the alleged robbery.
Crimes as serious as these may not only result in severe punishments but may also tarnish a person's reputation. Felony charges may also demoralize the family of the accused. Charges alone, even if not yet proven, may forever cause society to view that person as a criminal. Some people may lose employment opportunities and may have difficulty earning a living.
Some of Oregon's citizens may have increasing concerns related to criminal law. These concerns may be alleviated by legal professionals who are experienced in dealing with such matters. They may be able to provide good advice on how people who are wrongfully accused of felonies may exercise their legal rights and clear their names.