Juveniles Charged With Sex Crimes
Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Juveniles, persons under the age of 18, can be charged with sex crimes just like adults can. Court findings can result in incarceration — not just probation, treatment or juvenile detention. In some Oregon cases, even a 15-year-old can be held and tried as an adult.
Juveniles charged with sex crimes are included under Oregon’s strict Measure 11 rules, some of which deal with sex offenses. Measure 11 provides for harsh mandatory jail or prison sentences for certain sex crimes. Being convicted of a sex crime, even as a teenager, can have a negative impact that lasts a lifetime. A sex crime accusation is a serious matter that demands a serious defense lawyer.
A Negative Impact That Can Last A Lifetime
I am Steven J. Sherlag, a criminal defense attorney with more than 20 years of courtroom experience. At Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., in Portland, I provide compassionate, aggressive legal representation to young people and their families who are in a difficult situation. If your child or another loved one has been charged with rape, sexual assault, sending pictures online (sexting) or another sex crime charge, I can help by:
- Talking to him or her confidentially about the charges and thoroughly investigating the matter
- Carefully explaining what the law says about the charges and what the potential penalties are
- Getting experts involved who can evaluate the circumstances and the evidence
- Developing a defense strategy with the greatest chance of success
- Negotiating with the prosecution or fighting the charges, going to trial when necessary
My firm provides a safe, supportive environment in which sensitive matters, even serious criminal matters, can be discussed confidentially.
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Minors charged with sex crimes are innocent until proven guilty, just like adults. I can answer your questions about violent crimes, online sex crimes and other important matters related to your case.