Portland Kidnapping Defense Attorneys
Violent Crime Lawyers in Portland, Oregon
Arrested on suspicion of kidnapping? Under Oregon law, this violent criminal offense carries mandatory minimum sentences if a defendant is convicted. It is important that you immediately contact and work with a skilled defense lawyer if you or someone you love has been accused of kidnapping. If the kidnapping victim suffers bodily injury or is held for ransom, you may face up to 20 years in state prison.
An experienced attorney may be able to review the circumstances of your kidnapping charges in order to determine how to assert your rights and prove your factual innocence in court. If factual innocence cannot be readily proven, your attorney may be able to have crucial evidence excluded on the grounds that it was obtained illegally or that your constitutional rights were violated.
The important benefit that a criminal defense lawyer can provide is making the justice system work in your favor. No one else in that courtroom will be working to defend your rights, save your lawyer. That is why it is important to involve a legal professional as early in the process as possible – in order to reach a better result when all is said and done.
Portland Kidnapping Charges and Penalties
You need an aggressive Portland criminal defense attorney to protect your rights if you are facing kidnapping charges. First and second degree kidnapping are violent crimes covered under Oregon Ballot Measure 11, meaning that defendants will face mandatory minimum sentences if convicted, will be ineligible to have their sentences reduced for good behavior or parole, and that juvenile offenders over the age of 15 will be tried as an adult.
- First degree kidnapping is a Class A felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison. The minimum sentence for this offense is 7 years, 6 months.
- Second degree kidnapping is a Class B felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. The minimum sentence is 5 years, 10 months.
Contact a Portland kidnapping defense lawyer at our firm today!