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Measure 11 Crimes

Measure 11 Defense Attorney in Portland, Oregon City and Hillsboro Oregon

Mr. O’Rourke is an experienced Measure 11 defense attorney for cases in Portland, Oregon City, Hillsboro and other courts throughout Oregon.  Mr. O’Rourke began practicing law as a criminal defense lawyer in Portland, Oregon in 1978.

Measure 11 defense attorney James O’Rourke provides Measure 11 defense mostly in the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties.  Recently he has enjoyed great success in representing persons charged with Measure 11 Robbery and Assault crimes which were motivated by drug addiction and mental health issues.

Measure 11 – One Strike and You Are Out

Persons convicted of Measure 11 crimes in Oregon are automatically sentenced to minimum mandatory prison sentences of 75 months and up per crime depending upon the individual’s criminal record. There is no good time. There is no early parole. The person does every day of his or her sentence in prison.

The horror of Ballot Measure 11 is that persons with absolutely no criminal record who have been responsible, productive citizens and inexperienced young persons face harsh sentences for a first offense.

Mr. O’Rourke & Staff Work as a Team for You

Top Oregon Criminal Defense lawyers and attorneys provide Measure 11 defense in the cities of Portland, Gresham and Beaverton, the Counties of Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and surrounding areas.

We use the same three methods to fight the State and win in Measure 11 cases that we use in other criminal cases:  Attack including investigation, legal motions and trial.  Negotiation before and after Measure 11 charges are filed.  Mitigation plans to persuade Judges to make decisions within their discretion which are favorable to our clients.


We look for every way to get you out of Measure 11. One option is to go to trial. We create powerful trial teams which focus specialized expertise and decades of trial experience upon winning a particular case. 


For most crimes, only the District Attorney has the authority to reduce a charge from Measure 11. We have learned through experience what it takes to get charges reduced.


Judges must give Measure 11 sentences for each conviction except for crimes subject to the Measure 11 Escape Clause where they can impose a sentence that is less than the presumed Measure 11 sentence including a sentence of probation. Where there are more than one conviction, the judge also has the discretion to make the sentences concurrent, (served at the same time), or consecutive, (served one after the other).

Call us for a free Measure 11 telephone consultation at (503) 506-2836 or you can tell us about your case here.

Among The Services We Provide To Our Measure 11 Clients Are The Following:

  • Pre charge representation and investigation
  • Assert your rights and protect yourself.  Do not talk to the police or try to make deals without a lawyer!
  • Bail Reduction and Release Hearings
  • Changing Release Conditions
  • Motion to Suppress – main weapon to keep damaging evidence out of a Measure 11 Case
  • Trial
  • Plea Bargains – negotiated resolutions
  • Sentencing hearings
  • Probation and Post Prison Supervision violation hearings

We Let Our Results Speak For Us

Our reputation and success are based upon our results and upon the way we treat our clients.

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    "Mr. O’Rourke was by far the best attorney I have ever had."

    My favorite thing about Mr. O’Rourke was that he wasn’t going to back down to anyone, and he never wavered in his mission to do what was best for me.

    - Former Client
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    "James O’Rourke literally saved our son’s life—and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude that we can never adequately repay."
    Jim really cares about our son’s welfare and well being. He has given hope and encouragement to my husband and myself when we were overwhelmed by everything.
    - A Mother and Father
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    "In Jim, we found not only an excellent attorney – but a leader, a coach, a resource, a navigator and an advocate – not only for our son, but for us as well."
    It is so uplifting to work with an attorney who really cares about his client’s well-being the way Jim does. Once we felt so helpless, now we have hope because we have Jim O’Rourke on our side.
    - S & T
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    "I truly believe that honesty and compassion are what set him apart and make him the best."
    Mr. O’Rourke does not “sugar coat” anything, yet still shows a great amount of compassion and empathy. I truly believe that honesty and compassion are what set him apart and make him the best.
    - Jennifer A.
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