Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Oregon

Portland Sentencing Advocacy Lawyers Fighting for You

By now, almost all Oregonians are familiar with Ballot Measure 11. Originally enacted in 1994, Ballot Measure 11 prescribes harsh mandatory minimum sentences for a wide range of first- and second-degree felony crimes of violence and sexual offenses.

Measure 11 and now many more property and drug mandatory minimum sentencing laws can apply to first time offenders. Avoiding state mandatory minimum sentencing starts with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our seasoned Portland criminal defense lawyers.

You can contact us online or call us today at (503) 303-0771.

Understanding Measure 11 & its Exceptions

There are a few narrow exceptions to Measure 11 that may apply to clients convicted of certain second-degree offenses. Less familiar to Oregonians are a variety of other mandatory minimum sentences that can apply in a wide range of offenses. For example, a little-known law requires people convicted of a second non-violent burglary in the first-degree charge to go to prison with no exceptions and no time off for good behavior. Certain crimes involving the use or threatened use of a firearm can trigger five-, 10-, and even 30-year sentences. Certain pornography and sexual offenses can result in mandatory prison sentences of 25 years in prison or even a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Certain property and drug offenses now carry with them a variety of mandatory prison sentences or severe restrictions on the judge's ability to grant probation rather than prison time.

In addition, repeat property offenses, enhanced drug crime sentences, and enhanced sentences for persons with certain prior convictions are all new and burgeoning categories of mandatory minimum sentencing laws that exist separate and apart from the increasingly irrelevant sentencing guidelines. These rapidly evolving areas of criminal defense practice require the diligent attention of an experienced defense attorney.

Contact Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyers in Portland

If you are looking for an experienced Portland criminal defense lawyer, call us today at (503) 303-0771, or send us an e-mail. At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our team of Portland criminal defense lawyers is committed to providing high-quality legal representation at reasonable rates. Schedule a free and confidential initial consultation today to discuss your case.

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