Simply put, if you are facing criminal charges you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Tim Elliott on your side. Your freedom may be at stake. Many charges expose the accussed to mandatory minimum sentences and other consequences, such as jail or prison terms, fines, driver's license suspension or revocation, and can have a lasting effect on your future. Depending on the nature of a charge, Oregon's Measure 11 may require a court to impose significant mandatory minimum prison terms even if the defendant has no prior criminal history at all. Measure 11 offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences ranging from 5 years and 10 months, to 25 years. Such a sentence would undoutedly be life-altering.
If you are charged with a crime, it is imperative that you understand the full nature of the charge and the results of any possible conviction before you decide to accept a plea offer, or to plead not guilty and proceed to trial. You cannot make an informed decision without understanding the consequences of a particular course of action. Time is of the essence and the sooner you obtain a defense lawyer the better. Oregon also adheres to a sentencing system that takes into account a predetermined crime seriousness ranking for many charges that will in part determine a sentence for a particular crime. Facing these matters without an experienced criminal defense lawyer dedicated to your defense is like playing with fire.
Tim Elliott is a Bend, Oregon criminal defense lawyer with experience in handling charges such as DUII, sex crimes, assault, theft and property crimes, domestic violence, drug possesion, drug manufacture, drug delivery, manslaughter, burglary and many other misdemeanors and serious felony cases. Tim is a former prosecuting attorney who now regulary appears in the criminal courts in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook County, Oregon, among others, as a criminal defense lawyer. Tim tried his first criminal jury trial over 22 years ago. If you are charged with a crime in Oregon and would like to discuss your criminal case, you can contact Tim Elliott or his staff at (541) 647-1408.