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Car accidents and felony charges in Oregon

When people think of legal consequences for a car accident, they might think about a traffic ticket. Maybe they get a speeding ticket, or a ticket for failing to signal or some other minor traffic violation. However, Oregon residents should know that there are a variety of serious charges that can follow a car accident. Even when a person is not intoxicated, if they do not follow certain rules, felony charges can follow.

In particular, drivers can face serious charges when involved in a hit-and-run with injuries. Under Oregon state law, following a car accident that results in the injury or death of another person, a driver has several duties.

Portland teen faces charges for alleged hit-and-run

When a person gets behind the wheel of a car in Oregon, the person is taking on a big responsibility. Not only are people responsible for their own safety, but also for the safety of others. If a car accident occurs, a driver may face criminal charges under certain circumstances. In particular, if a person is involved in a hit-and-run involving injuries, criminal charges can follow.

One Oregon teenager is now facing similar criminal charges following a car accident. In this case, the 19-year-old woman is accused of hitting a pedestrian as she drove her car on Southeast Powell Boulevard. According to reports, a witness says that the driver of a car was traveling between 40 and 50 miles-per-hour when the car hit a pedestrian. The witness claims that the car never slowed down after the person was hit.

What constitutes rape in Oregon?

Felony charges are very serious. They include a variety of different criminal charges including many sex crimes. As most people know, sex crimes are aggressively prosecuted. People who are convicted of sex crime charges -- including rape -- can face serious penalties including long prison sentences.

In order to avoid these penalties, people may want to understand what constitutes rape in Oregon. If the elements of the crime have not been met in a particular situation, then the person cannot be convicted on those charges.

Fighting for juvenile rights

The criminal justice system can be difficult for anyone to navigate. It has complex rules that have to be followed exactly in order for people to have their rights protected. Deviating from these rules can have a negative outcome on a person's case.

When the person is a juvenile, it can be even more important to ensure that the person does not face harsh penalties as a result of criminal charges. Children have their whole lives ahead of them, and a criminal conviction can derail their future. A criminal conviction can limit a child's educational and social opportunities. In some cases, these penalties can affect a child well into the person's adult life.

Juvenile expungement in Oregon

Children make mistakes. There are times when these mistakes lead to criminal charges. Like adults that are charged with a crime, these charges can follow the child for years to come. If convicted of criminal charges as a juvenile, the charges go on a person's criminal record. This record can prevent the person from certain educational benefits, job opportunities and more in the future. Therefore, many people want to avoid a criminal record altogether.

If it is not possible for a juvenile to avoid conviction, it still may be possible for a juvenile to clear the person's criminal record. In Oregon, it is possible under certain conditions to expunge a juvenile criminal record.

What is the Oregon Youth Authority?

Young people are still learning. Much of that learning is done in an educational environment, but some is done through social experimentation. Teens, for example, may push the boundaries for their relationship with their parents or friends. They may experiment with new hairstyles, clothing or music. While much of this is normal and healthy, mistakes can be made along the way.

When juveniles -- Oregon residents under the age of 18 -- make a mistake that results in a criminal charge, it can have serious long-term consequences. These can include an impact on the person's educational, employment and housing opportunities for years to come. Much like adults that are charged with crimes, juveniles can also face imprisonment and other harsh consequences.

Oregon men face drug trafficking charges

While views on marijuana are rapidly changing throughout the United States, and especially here in Oregon, the drug is still highly regulated and often illegal. Even with laws that allow recreational marijuana use, the sale and distribution of marijuana is highly regulated. People who choose to sell, distribute or transport the drug will still face serious state or federal charges.

Two Oregon men are in trouble with the authorities after an alleged drug bust. While in a hotel room in another state, police claim that the men were distributing marijuana. Police say they were acting on a tip when they raided the hotel rooms rented by the two men. Inside the rooms, police claim to have found 11 pounds of marijuana.

Stimulants on college campuses

College is often seen as a time of exploration for young adults. They are trying to determine the direction of their lives through their education. Many college and university students are out on their own for the first time and making all of their adult decisions on their own. Many people take this time to explore the world around them and have fun. Recreational alcohol and drug use is sometimes a part of this exploration.

When recreational drug use comes to mind, many people likely think about marijuana. However, marijuana is not the only drug commonly used on university campuses. In fact, some experts are saying that the non-medical use of prescription stimulants is also very popular. These stimulants include medications used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder like Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin.

Protect against prescription drug related charges

In general when people think of drug use, they likely think about illegal drugs. They think of marijuana, heroin or cocaine. However, drugs are used in Oregon in much broader ways. In fact, many people legally used drugs every day. Prescription drug use, is legal. People are allowed to use antidepressants, narcotics and other mood-altering drugs on a daily basis to treat legitimate medical conditions.

Still, it is possible to face drug charges as a result of prescription drug use. Police may believe that a person is illegally consuming, selling or distributing prescription drugs. In these cases, the accused can face serious penalties for drug crimes if convicted of these allegations. In order to avoid penalties for a conviction, it is necessary for prosecutors to prove that prescription drug abuse was occurring.

Can police search a dorm room for drugs?

When Oregon residents go off to a college or university, they expect to gain a little freedom. For many college students, it is the first time they are living on their own away from their parents and from rules. It is a big responsibility that many handle well. Others use college as an opportunity to explore the world and test boundaries. Recreational drug use is sometimes one way in which college students experiment with their new found freedom. While this recreational drug use may not seem like a big deal, it can, in some situations, result in drug charges.

If people are found with drugs -- even small amounts -- the penalties can be severe. In many situations, these drug charges follow some sort of search and seizure. For college kids, this search may have been of their dorm room. People may wonder, therefore, if police are legally able to search a dorm room.

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