Ballot Measure 11 Assault Charges
In 1994, Oregon voters passed a tough ballot measure that set minimum sentences for certain crimes and mandates that some juvenile defendants should be tried as an adult. It doesn't matter if there is no prior criminal record. Measure 11 does not consider all circumstances, but is applied with a broad brush.
Below, please refer to the chart that shows the minimum sentences for certain types of crimes. If you have been charged with one of these crimes, you should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately to give you your best chance of a successful outcome.
At Mark C. Cogan, P.C., our attorney has practiced criminal defense for more than a quarter century. Even in the most challenging of situations, we have succeeded in accomplishing an outright acquittal, or substantially reduced charges and lighter sentencing. The immediate assistance of a seasoned attorney is crucial to the successful outcome of any Ballot Measure 11 case.
A Representative Case: Client CC was indicted for multiple charges of assault and robbery charges, with multiple victims. Despite the fact that CC lacked any criminal history, she faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of many years due to ballot Measure 11. When CC came to our law firm, she had already been indicted and was represented by a court-appointed attorney. We were able to accomplish a vastly improved outcome. Although CC will spend some time in prison, her co-defendants will serve many years more. In addition, CC will be able to get all records of her prosecution expunged, and her conviction erased, while the co-defendants will be burdened by criminal convictions for the rest of their lives.
Aggressive Defense Against Assault Charges in Oregon
There are a number of ways we can help. The options at our disposal are greatly increased the earlier we are contacted, so please do not delay. Here is what we offer our Measure 11 criminal defense clients:
- A high-powered legal team — We collaborate with seasoned professionals, including psychologists, investigators, polygraph experts and forensic scientists.
- Investigation and research — We can uncover evidence that supports your innocence or demonstrates that the prosecution's evidence is faulty.
- Media management — When applicable, we work hard to minimize or counteract press distortion.
- Creative strategies and skilled negotiation — We leave no stone unturned in negotiations and developing a forceful defense.
The Prosecution Has Begun Its Work — We Should Begin Ours
Regardless of the circumstances, anyone facing the prospect of criminal prosecution should retain the best possible attorney as early in the process as possible. If you have been charged with a crime that qualifies as a Ballot Measure 11 offense, please call our Portland law office at 503-827-8092 or send us an e-mail for a free initial consultation with our lawyer.