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The right defense against murder charges is essential

Most Oregon residents understand that murder charges are serious. People know that murder charges are often accompanied by the most severe penalties. However, people may not realize that they are subject to Measure 11 sentencing rules.

In Oregon, Measure 11 requires that certain crimes have certain required penalties. Measure 11 crimes are reserved for the most serious of violent crimes in our society. Murder is included. Therefore, under Measure 11, if a person is convicted of murder, the person will face serious mandatory penalties. A judge will have little or no ability to take extenuating circumstances into account in order to reduce the penalties. Additionally, the penalty will not be reduced for good behavior and early parole is not an option.

Therefore, when a person is accused of murder, the right criminal defense is a must. The criminal defense strategy will be instrumental in helping the person avoid harsh Measure 11 penalties. Instead, with the right help, people may see dropped charges, reduced charges and not guilty verdicts. In order to obtain these favorable outcomes, a close examination of the law and facts is necessary.

Our law firm is able to make this examination. With years of experience in handling Measure 11 cases, we understand the high stakes involved. With careful attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the law, our attorneys can help to explain the accused's options and execute the best defense plan. Sometimes this may include undertaking additional investigations, questing police conduct or negotiating with prosecutors.

Our firm helps people when they need it the most. We make sure people are not left to face a complicated criminal justice system alone. Our website will have more information for those facing criminal charges for murder or other Measure 11 crimes.

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