In 1994 Oregon voters passed Measure 11 which requires mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain violent crimes (serious assault, robbery, sex offenses).
This law is dangerous for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it takes power away from the judge and puts it in the hands of the deputy district attorneys, who decide whether to charge M11 offenses and whether to offer plea negotiations that allow “opting out” of the M11 sentence. M11 is a work in progress that gets tweaked just about every legislative session. Joan keeps on top of these developments to the advantage of her clients.
“Jessica’s Law” created an even more serious category of Measure 11 offenses. Certain sex offenses involving victims under 12 years of age now carry a 25 year mandatory minimum prison sentence. A person’s third sex offense conviction can result in a life sentence.
Joan knows and has worked with some of the best scientific expert witnesses in the country to help defeat Measure 11 charges, and has done so effectively.