Understanding Criminal Sentencing in Oregon

Knowledgeable Portland Criminal Defense Attorneys

In 1989 Oregon adopted Felony Sentencing Guidelines in an effort to make felony criminal sentencing more predictable and uniform. Ever since, the legislature has been adding sentencing laws that alter or even supersede those Guidelines; Particularly with laws that require mandatory minimum sentences in specific types of cases. What began in 1994 with Measure 11 and its mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes and sexual offenses, has since been extended. There are now complex and confusing mandatory minimum sentencing laws that apply to a wide range of property and drug crimes. These laws, many of which either provide for mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction or severely restrict the court's ability to hand down a lesser sentence, have been implemented in a piecemeal and patchwork fashion that has made navigating Oregon's complicated sentencing laws very difficult — even for an experienced lawyer. Mandatory minimum sentences can now be triggered in Oregon under a variety of Oregon offenses, and not just violent offenses.

If you are facing felony criminal charges in Oregon, make sure your attorney is up-to-date on all recent changes in the Oregon sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentencing statutes. The experience of your attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of our case. Contact the seasoned Portland criminal defense lawyers at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. for a free initial consultation.

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Oregon mandatory minimum sentences apply to many non-violent drug and property offenses. Other laws have been enacted that greatly reduce the ability of a judge to grant lesser sentences for a variety of non-violent drug and property offenses. Additionally, laws related to what a person may or may not do or possess if they have previously been convicted of a crime also change frequently. For example, a misdemeanor charge involving domestic violence might preclude you from possessing a firearm. Dramatic changes in the law occur almost yearly and require diligent defense attorneys to keep abreast of these alterations.

Further Changes: Oregon Supreme Court Decisions

Further complicating the laws in Oregon have been recent and sometimes wholesale changes that have been made to Oregon's sentencing procedures. These changes stem primarily from recent Supreme Court decisions that have dramatically altered the rights of criminal defendants facing criminal charges or facing criminal sentencing in Oregon. Oregon's sentencing practice and procedure is in a dramatic state of flux. A whole series of statutes has been enacted in recent years which has generated much legal wrangling, simply to provide for new practices and procedures related to sentencing, in an effort to comply with these new constitutional interpretations. An experienced and knowledgeable Portland criminal defense lawyer is a necessity for helping you navigate these waters.

Call Portland Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our Oregon criminal defense law firm is dedicated to providing high-quality defense at reasonable rates and protecting our clients' rights. We offer a free initial consultation. Call a proficient Portland sentencing guidelines attorney today at (503) 303-0771.

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