What is Oregon’s Jessica’s Law?

Jessica’s Law is the term given to a law requiring mandatory minimum sentences for certain sex crimes that was named after a child victim in Florida. On April 24, 2006, Oregon’s governor signed Oregon’s version of Florida’s Jessica’s Law.

The law still is known informally as Jessica’s Law in Oregon.

Under Oregon’s Jessica’s Law, a defendant convicted of committing a first-degree sex-related offense (such as rape, sodomy, kidnapping, and unlawful sexual penetration) against a child who was under the age of 12 at the time of the offense must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.

These mandatory minimum sentences for Jessica’s Law amended the Measure 11 Mandatory Minimum sentencing under ORS 137.700.

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Michael, these types of cases are so serious and the accusations can be so shocking that it's hard to fathom. I think it's always important to remember that just because someone has been accused of a crime, it does not mean they are guilty. When I handle these types of cases, there are many steps I take in defending them and many different options we consider. Sometimes there are innocent explanations for otherwise seemingly questionable or criminal conduct, but I believe it is important not to jump to any conclusions until I, and my team, thoroughly investigate the matter.
by Rob Crow February 21, 2018 at 06:33 PM
My son in law is in jail for committing sodomy on his granddaughter when she was about 4 yrs old,she is my great granddaughter. He has not had a trial yet. In many ways he was a great guy and we just couldn't see how, but he had it on his phone.
by Michael R Yoder February 19, 2018 at 01:54 PM
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