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What are non-violent crimes?

When Oregon residents think about a crime, they may think about things such as robbery, murder or kidnapping. In other cases, sexual assault or battery may come to mind. While these are crimes, these acts fall into the category of violent crimes. However, not all crime is violent in nature.

In fact, many crimes fall into a second category called non-violent crimes. These crimes are actually very common. Data suggests that three out of four inmates in state prisons across the U.S. were convicted of non-violent crimes.

Reinstating driving privileges in Oregon

Everyone can make a mistake from time to time. Some mistakes have few consequences, whereas others can be life changing. A DUI arrest has the potential to affect a person's life for years to come. In these cases, a person can face a variety of serious penalties including jail or prison time, large fines, driver education classes, mandatory community service, an ignition interlock device and other punishments.

One penalty that can affect an Oregon resident in the long term is a driver's licenses suspension. When a person's license is suspended or revoked, it can be difficult for that person to get to and from work, school or social events. Without the legal use of a car, people can be trapped in a small radius around their homes.

Man faces drunk driving charges after traffic stop in Portland

Portland drivers who are facing drunk driving charges need to be cognizant of what they are up against in terms of penalties. Not only can there be incarceration and fines, but there can be the loss of driving privileges and a device placed on the driver's vehicle making it necessary to take a breath test to determine whether or not he or she has been drinking before the vehicle will start. A DUI conviction can have wide-ranging ramifications on a person's life. This is why it may be important to formulate a strong defense to combat the charges.

A 51-year-old man was arrested after a traffic stop and charged with drunk driving. According to law enforcement, the man's blood alcohol content level registered at .34 percent. That is more than four times the legal limit in Oregon. The driver is alleged to have changed lanes without the appropriate signal when he was seen by a law enforcement officer at approximately 5:40 p.m. The officer is said to have tried to stop the man, but he didn't stop in spite of the flashing police lights and siren. Other police vehicles were needed to pin the man in. He was arrested on multiple offenses including driving under the influence, evading police, driving recklessly and driving with a revoked license.

What is the law for possession of drug paraphernalia in Oregon?

Many are aware of the illegal nature of possessing drugs in Oregon, but they might not know that it is also illegal to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. It is important for those who are confronted with these charges understand what it entails under state law and what its penalties are.

It is against the law for a person to sell or deliver drug paraphernalia. It is also illegal to possess or manufacture drug paraphernalia with the intent to sell if it is known that the items will be used to be involved with the use or production of a controlled substance.

Oregon man charged with misdemeanors over letters to officials

When Oregonians feel like their needs are not being met, it can be easy for them to lash out against another person or entity. In some situations, this can be healthy. But, Oregonians need to be careful to not break criminal laws in the process. In many cases, misdemeanor charges can be filed against an Oregonian that makes physical or emotional threats against another person.

Recently, in Oregon, a man has been arrested and charged with criminal activity based on letters that he sent to governmental agencies. According to reports, Sheriff's Offices and other governmental agencies from around the state -- 22 in all -- recently received suspicious letters. These letters were all delivered on the same day and in the same way.

What is an Oregon petty misdemeanor?

When Oregonians are charged with a crime, they are charged with a very specific offense. In Oregon, crimes are broken down into a variety of different categories. Each category has a very specific meaning with specific consequences. People need to understand these categories to know exactly what they are facing following an arrest.

In general, crimes are split into two general categories as many people likely understand. These categories are felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious charges that carry significant penalties, whereas misdemeanors are less serious. However, people may not be aware that misdemeanors can be broken down even further -- into ordinary misdemeanors, petty misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors.

Quick action is critical for Oregon DWI offenses

Summer is in full swing in Oregon. With the long summer evenings, many Oregon residents are enjoying themselves with parties, concerts, picnics and more. Summer is the perfect time for getting outside and enjoying life. Often, these celebrations include alcohol. While this alcohol consumption can make for a fun and memorable evening, it can also lead to criminal charges.

If people make the mistake of driving under the influence, they can risk their immediate and long-term future. In the short term, people can be arrested. Their reputation may suffer as a result of the DUI arrest, and they may have consequences at work. People can also immediately lose the right to drive, thereby making it very difficult to get around.

Oregon felony and misdemeanor traffic offenses

For many people in Oregon, driving is an everyday task. It is how people get to work, school and social events. However, a person's car can also be the source of legal trouble. While simple infractions can lead to traffic violations -- such as speeding tickets -- driving can also lead to much more serious criminal charges. Oregon residents should be aware of the possibility of more serious charges when getting behind the wheel. Generally, criminal charges fall into two categories -- misdemeanors and felonies. Just like with other non-traffic related crimes, traffic offenses also fall into these categories.

Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies. Misdemeanor driving offenses may require a person to pay a fine or spend some time in jail -- if convicted. If a person is accused of a misdemeanor traffic offense, that person will be arrested and may have to post bond to be released from jail. Common misdemeanor traffic offenses include driving without insurance, failing to stop following a car accident and reckless driving. Driving without a valid license is also a common misdemeanor.

Impounding a vehicle following a Portland DUI arrest

When an Oregon resident is accused of Driving Under the Influence, the person can face serious criminal charges. If the person is found guilty on those charges, the person will face penalties. There are many different penalties associated with drunk driving charges. These penalties can range from jail or prison time, to large fines and alcohol education classes. These penalties are meant to punish people for driving over the influence and deter them from committing the offense again.

If people have multiple DUI convictions on their record, the penalties are increased. In these cases, people may also find that the state impounds their car. This generally happens through a civil process. An appeal is generally available.

DUII charges against man dropped after Portland accident

Drunk driving is a serious offense in Oregon. Portlanders accused of drunk driving can face serious and life altering penalties. These penalties are very serious when the arrest occurs following a car accident or injury to another person. However, it is important for Oregon residents to remember that not everyone that is accused of drunk driving will be charged with a crime. Additionally, not everyone who is charged with a DUI will be convicted, even following an accident.

For example, police and prosecutors in Multnomah County are still trying to determine if one man should be charged with DUI, following a recent accident. In this case, the 63-year-old man is accused of hitting another man with his car. The accident took place as the other man crossed Northeast 60th Avenue in Portland. Seven days after the accident, the man died as a result of his injuries.

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