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Portland Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer 

If you have been accused of a sex crime, you should contact James O’Rourke before you do anything else. A conviction for this type of offense can impact the rest of your life. Certain crimes require people to be listed on the Oregon sex offender registry, and many others come with minimum mandatory sentences, as outlined in the state’s Measure 11. 

Our Portland sex crimes defense attorney has represented numerous clients in cases involving alleged sexual misconduct and successfully combatted false accusations. He has also helped people expunge convictions and arrests and worked to get their names removed from the sex offender registry. Find out if he is the right fit for your case in a free consultation. 

To schedule yours, call (503) 506-2836 or connect with us online. Our firm takes clients in Multnomah County and the nearby areas. 

Penalties for Oregon Sex Crimes 

The penalties for Oregon sex crimes depend on the alleged act and its severity and the age of the plaintiff. For cases involving children, the penalties are generally much more serious. Felony crimes, such as rape or sexual abuse, often result in sentences of years or decades in prison and fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Misdemeanor offenses, such as public indecency or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image, can lead to sentences of months or years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. 

Oregon’s Measure 11 & Minimum Mandatory Sentences

Certain sex crimes require minimum mandatory sentences because of Measure 11, a decades-old law. The measure’s sentences range from 5 years and 10 months to 25 years. It is possible to face these steep penalties, even with no criminal record. Visit our Measure 11 page to find out more about these crimes and our approach to defending clients against them. 

Can You Expunge Sex Crimes in Oregon?

While it is difficult to expunge sex crimes in Oregon, it is not impossible. Generally, you can expunge offenses that do not require you to register as a sex offender. Additionally, you can expunge certain low-level felonies if they occurred when you were younger than 16 and the circumstances of the offense adhere to other state requirements. 

Sex Offender Registration Relief

You can petition to have your name removed from the Oregon sex offender registry if you meet various conditions. First and foremost, you must be classified as a Level 1 offender. The state classifies individuals convicted of sex crimes into three levels, with Level 1 offenders being the least at risk of reoffending. 

Other conditions for relief include but are not limited to having five years pass since being under supervision by the state. Additionally, you must not have been convicted of first-degree rape, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration, kidnapping, or burglary. 

Getting relief from registration requires you to submit a petition and appear in a hearing where you will make your case and answer questions from a panel. Having a lawyer help you file your petition and prepare for your hearing can be highly advantageous. 

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Consult a Portland Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Today

Our attorney, James O’Rourke, is an aggressive advocate. After practicing law for 40+ years, he knows what works and what does not in criminal courts. If he takes your case, you can rely on him to exhaust every option for your defense and treat you with the utmost respect. 

Start with us by calling (503) 506-2836 or reaching out online.

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