In 1994, Oregon voters adopted Ballot Measure 11, requiring judges to impose harsh, mandatory prison terms against people convicted of most violent felonies. The law applies even to first offenders, including juveniles who were at least 15-years-old at the time of the crime, and does not allow for any sentence reduction, such as earned “good time” credits, while in prison. Measure 11 is codified at ORS 137.700 (for adults) and ORS 137.707 (for juveniles). The Measure 11 prison sentences for some of the more common crimes are:
Since its passage, Measure 11 has been amended to give judges discretion to impose shorter sentences for a few categories of offenders who meet specified criteria. See ORS 137.712. Measure 11 was also amended in 2006 to mandate 300-month prison sentences for adults convicted of sex-related crimes against child victims under age 12. See ORS 137.700.
Attorney Terri Wood has successfully defended people charged with violent person felonies in Oregon since 1988, and won her first Oregon murder trial in 1990. For more information, call her at (541) 484-4171. Rest assured that if you must leave a message, your call will be returned by Attorney Wood, not a receptionist or associate. Personalized attention to you and your case is guaranteed.
Because there is no escape from a Measure 11 sentence, unless your case meets the criteria of the few statutory exemptions, it is vital to attack the prosecution’s case from every angle:
Make sure the legal issues in your case are evaluated by an attorney whose abilities have been judged excellent by her peers. Terri Wood has earned the top grade of “AV” in the nationally-recognized attorney rating service of Martindale-Hubble , and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” and Oregon “Super Lawyers” . She is ranked among the “Top 100 Trial Attorneys” in Oregon by the National Trial Lawyers Association. With your freedom at stake, don’t settle for less.
Defense of Measure 11 charges often benefits from employing forensic experts to challenge the State’s evidence of guilt. Terri Wood has worked with experts in crime scene reconstruction, DNA, ballistics, blood stain analysis, trace evidence, fingerprint comparisons, forensic pathologists and criminal profiling.
Defense of Measure 11 charges often means doing battle in court with the State’s CSI experts. Attorney Wood is highly skilled in cross-examining experts in many fields of forensic science, from conducting numerous trials of violent felony cases. She brings years of experience gained from Crime Scene Investigation experts while fighting death penalty cases, to the defense of Measure 11 cases. The best defense is a strong offense.
Terri Wood is skilled in negotiating cases to avoid the mandatory minimum prison sentences, when other lines of defense are unavailable. She has earned a reputation as a caring, compassionate advocate for her clients, who will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome. Call her today at (541) 484-4171, to discuss your options. She will fight 100% for you.
~ Joe Kennedy (Jan. 30, 2018)
Law Office of Terri Wood
730 Van Buren Street, Eugene, OR 97402 P: (541) 484-4171 E: [email protected]
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