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Juvenile Offenses

Juvenile Defense: Youth Delinquencies

A child in trouble with the court system needs extra special protection from the power of the state when he or she is charged with an offense, which if committed by an adult, would be a felony or misdemeanor crime. Once an adult, the Oregon sentencing laws allow prior juvenile adjudications to be factors in sentencing enhancements. It is easy for a child to roll over and accept a felony adjudication and be placed on a child’s probation, without understanding the long term consequences to the child’s permanent record. In the juvenile courts, the court sometimes authorizes alternative dispositions such as diversion programs or formal accountability agreements to resolve pending charges. At Case & Dusterhoff, LLP we understand and appreciate the long term effects such a mark can have, and do our best to protect the child from immediate exposure as well as long term future problems.

Juvenile Defense: Measure 11 Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 11 in November 1994 to apply mandatory minimum prison sentences to certain crimes against persons committed on or after April 1, 1995, with no possibility for any reduction in sentence, such as for good behavior. Measure 11 applies not only to adults, but to 15, 16, and 17 year old children.

When charged with a Measure 11 offense, it is imperative to have an attorney who cares about your particular situation and is willing to go the distance to protect your rights and your freedom. It is also important that your lawyer understands your charges and the criminal code, and the sentencing guidelines, and is able to explain the charges as well as any available statutory defenses. At Case & Dusterhoff, LLP we do our best to limit your exposure and make sure you are not alone against the power of the state.

At Case & Dusterhoff, We also provides a free, confidential half-hour consultation with any child that may be in trouble with the law. Parents are welcome and encouraged, but not required, to attend this appointment with their child.

If you would like to speak with one of our experienced lawyers at Case and Dusterhoff, LLP, we are available to answer your questions and help you. Call us at 503-607-8218 / 800-658-0167 (Toll Free) or send us information online.