Measure 11 imposes mandatory minimum sentences on specified crimes, like first and second degree assault, manslaughter and certain sex crimes. But for narrow exceptions, Measure 11 requires the judge to impose the statutorily set minimum sentence. Measure 11, therefore, gives the state prosecutor unequal leverage in plea negotiations.
If charged with a Measure 11 crime, you need an attorney who can take the power back from the prosecutor. Our attorneys gain leverage by investigating the weaknesses in the state’s prosecution, by challenging the state’s evidence through pre-trial motions, and by being prepared to present a vigorous defense at trial.