Serious Felonies

Under Oregon's Measure 11 statute, certain violent crimes and sex crimes are punished by mandatory minimum prison sentences. If you are accused of one of the listed offenses, you are in a fight for your freedom and your future.

The Portland law firm of Levine & McHenry LLC is known for notable outcomes in major criminal cases, including Measure 11 crimes and other serious felonies. Our mindset of preparing from day one for trial puts clients in the best position for a favorable outcome. If it is not possible to get charges downgraded or dismissed to avoid hard prison time, we will try the case. We are also known for our results in appeals and post-conviction relief.

For Measure 11 Crimes

We defend clients against any felony charges in state or federal court, including the following Measure 11 offenses that carry minimum sentences:

  • Murder (25 years)
  • First degree manslaughter (10 years)

  • Second-degree manslaughter (6 years, 3 months)

  • First-degree assault (7 years, 6 months)
  • Second-degree assault (5 years, 10 months)
  • First-degree robbery (7 years, 6 months)
  • Second-degree robbery (5 years, 10 months)
  • First-degree kidnapping (7 years, 6 months)
  • Second-degree kidnapping (5 years, 10 months)
  • First-degree rape (8 years, 4 months)
  • Second-degree rape (6 years, 3 months)
  • First-degree sodomy (8 years, 4 months)
  • Second-degree sodomy (6 years, 3 months)
  • First-degree unlawful sexual penetration (8 years, 4 months)
  • Second-degree unlawful sexual penetration (6 years, 3 months)
  • First-degree sexual abuse (6 years, 3 months)

Upon conviction of a Measure 11 crime, the court cannot sentence the person to less than the minimum. There is no time off for good behavior or possibility of early parole; the entire sentence must be served.

Elite Criminal Defense For Major Felony Crimes

Our defense attorneys, law partners Michael R. Levine and Matthew McHenry, have decades of combined experience and solid credentials in high-stakes criminal defense, including courtroom victories in Measure 11 trials. Mr. McHenry has authored a chapter in Major Crimes and Defenses, a publication of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Levine was a longtime federal public defender and brings 35 years of experience in criminal law.

Our lawyers' legal knowledge, courtroom skills and meticulous approach give clients the best hope of beating the allegations or mitigating the damage. We select proven defense strategies based on the facts of your case to provide tailored representation. We closely examine the government's case for leverage to exclude evidence or reduce the charges. If we can take the case out of Measure 11 status, the penalties are less harsh, and we can introduce mitigating factors to further limit the consequences of a conviction or plea.

At Levine & McHenry, you will work with one of the partners of our firm, not an inexperienced associate. We do understand what is at stake if you or a family member is accused of serious felonies. Arrange a free consultation today. We serve clients throughout the Willamette Valley and statewide.