Portland Sex Crime Lawyers
With the threat of going to prison and being branded a sexual predator, a half-hearted defense will do you no good. You need an attorney who can challenge the underlying foundation of sex crime charges. You need an attorney who can capably represent you in hearings, negotiations, trial and beyond.
The law firm of Levine & McHenry LLC provides experienced criminal defense for sexual offenses. Our Portland lawyers practice in state and federal courts in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties and throughout the state of Oregon. We will make every effort to avoid a conviction and sex offender registry, or to minimize the penalties.
Vigorous Criminal Defense For Sex Offenses
Our law partners, Michael R. Levine and Matthew McHenry, have a record of favorable results in sex crime cases. We understand that the stakes could not be higher if you have been arrested or investigated for a sexual offense:
- Rape or attempted rape
- Child molestation (sexual abuse)
- Sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration
- Statutory rape (contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor)
- Solicitation of a minor (online sexual corruption)
- Prostitution offenses
- Child pornography (encouraging child sexual abuse)
- Private or public indecency
- Sex offender violations
The most serious sex crimes, such as first- or second-degree rape or acts involving young children, are classified as Measure 11 felonies and carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. Other sex offenses may be felonies or misdemeanors, depending on how the case is charged. Many sex offenses also require lifelong sex offender registration. Violating the strict terms of the sex offender registry (failing to report, unlawful contact with a child) can result in new felony charges.
When contacted early, we can sometimes prevent an arrest or convince the prosecutor to file lesser charges. Our priority is to avoid prison time and sex offender registration if at all possible. We examine all facets of the case for opportunities to suppress evidence or negotiate a more favorable outcome. We investigate traffic stops, search warrants, conduct of undercover officers, statements of victims and witnesses, and anything that will give us leverage in negotiations and court proceedings. In Measure 11 cases and other times when a plea deal is not an option, we are prepared to try the case. We have also had success in sentence mitigation and in appeals and post-conviction relief.
Criminalized Acts Involving Teens And Young Adults
The age of consent in Oregon is 18. Any sexual contact with a person under the age of 18, including consensual acts in a dating relationship, can be charged as a crime. “Sexting” of explicit images can be construed as child pornography if the person depicted or the recipient is under 18. The younger the victim or the greater the age difference, the more severe the penalties, including the possibility of felony charges and sex offender status.
Sex crimes are cast as monstrous acts. We work to show that our clients are human and deserving of their constitutional rights, a fair hearing and mercy under the law.
For the aggressive and strategic representation you need, arrange a free consultation with our Portland sex crime attorneys.