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Is it unlawful for a felon to have a firearm in Oregon?

There are variety of consequences for being found guilty of a felony in Oregon. Some of these consequences can lead to additional criminal charges if individuals are not careful. Recently, this blog highlighted the story of a couple of men who were arrested by police for possessing firearms. In that case, the individuals were convicted felons and were subsequently not allowed to have weapons.

In fact, in Oregon this situation is not unusual. In section 166.270 of the Oregon criminal code, people who have been convicted of felonies under any law in the state, any law in another state or under federal law, may not possess a firearm. If a person is found with a firearm, that person can be charged with the crime of felon in possession of a weapon.

2 men arrested after police find them with riffles

Oregon police are constantly on the lookout for suspicious behavior. When they see something that may not be right, they will investigate further. This can lead to criminal charges for individuals involved in unsavory conduct.

Recently, police in Portland noticed an illegally parked car with Washington plates. The police soon discovered that the car was reported as stolen. Then police waited to see if anyone returned to the car. Shortly after, police claim a man returned to the car and retrieved something from the car's trunk. The man then returned to a homeless tent camp nearby. Police say the man repeated this action a few minutes later.

Alcohol treatment programs and drivers' licenses in Oregon

Individuals in Oregon can make the mistake of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When this happens and a Texan is arrested, the person can face serious penalties. These penalties can include jail or prison time, large fines, the loss of a driver's license, being required to use an ignition interlock device and being ordered to undergo mandatory alcohol treatment. These penalties can have serious effect on people's lives. It may take years before the consequences are fully behind people.

Mandatory alcohol treatment is just one of many possibilities when a person has been convicted of DUII in Oregon. Under Section 813.022 of the Oregon criminal code, proof of a person's completion of an approved alcohol treatment program must be submitted to the Department of Transportation before the person's driving privileges can be reinstated.

Keep your license, fight DUII charges in Oregon

Having access to safe and reliable transportation is important in Oregon. Oregonians need to know that they can get to and from work, school and other activities. However, without a driver's license, driving a car can result in serious penalties in Oregon.

There are many reasons why people might lose their driver's license in Oregon. In some cases, people may have a number of serious traffic violations that results in the loss of their driver's license. Nonetheless, people commonly lose their driver's license, following a conviction on DUI or DUII charges.

Oregon driver suspected of hit and run, charged with DUII

Many people in Oregon have made the mistake of driving after drinking too much. Driving under the influence of intoxicants can be an easy mistake to make. People may not realize that they had one drink too many until it is too late.

While DUII can lead to serious criminal charges, these charges depend on the circumstances surrounding a person's arrest. If the person is arrested after being pulled over by police for some reason, then the penalties may not be as severe as someone who is arrested following a car accident. When a person causes a car accident while drinking and driving, the penalties can be severe.

Defenses to driving with an Oregon revoked license

There are certain behaviors that will lead to serious consequences in Oregon. When a person is convicted of a crime, that person often faces serious punishments. For many driving related infractions, Oregon residents may lose the right to drive. However, having access to a car is still important. Many people may end up facing additional charges for driving without a license.

There are penalties and additional criminal charges, if people choose to drive while they have a suspended or revoked driver's license. But, a charged Oregonian can avoid these penalties if they can show that an affirmative defense applies.

Crafting a criminal defense strategy takes a lot of work

Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious situation in Oregon. It's not every day that a person deals with the consequences of alleged criminal behavior. Reacting in a timely and appropriate manner can often make or break a person's case.

It is important for those charged with felony or misdemeanor charges to create an aggressive criminal defense strategy. The criminal defense strategy can help to prove a person's innocence. The correct strategy can also help to ensure that a person's constitutional rights were not violated before, during or after the person's arrest.

Are there different types of criminal defenses?

People are arrested daily in Oregon. While some of these people may have committed crimes, others may be innocent. The criminal justice system seeks to determine which individuals should be punished and which individuals should be set free. However, those facing criminal charges should understand that they have the right to mount a criminal defense to defend themselves against criminal charges.

Criminal defense strategy often involves a variety of different factors. In some cases, people may present evidence on their own behalf or bring witnesses to help explain their side of the story. People who are facing criminal charges in Oregon should understand that a criminal defense can include a variety of different types of defenses.

What allegations can lead to a charge of harassment?

For residents of Oregon, any criminal allegations can lead to significant problems. This not only has to do with the possibility that there will be a criminal trial and a conviction, but the penalties that accompany criminal charges. One issue that is growing more prevalent with the increased options for communication is harassment. Harassment charges can be filed if a person is believed to have harassed or annoyed another by making physical contact that is deemed offensive; publicly insults the other with words or gestured that are deemed to be abusive in a way that is likely to lead to a violent response; or by distributing a video of the other person taking part in sexual acts or while nude when the person is younger than 18 when the recording is made.

It is also considered harassment if the other person is alarmed due to a false report that was known to have been false and if it centers around serious physical injury or death when this would be reasonably be believed to cause that alarm. Harassment can be charged if the other person is alarmed by a threat to inflict serious physical injury or to commit a felony to the individual or the individual's family. This can be made via telephone, through written communication or by electronic means.

Oregon penalties for delivering methamphetamine

In Oregon, anyone who is facing drug charges needs to understand the entire scope of the situation form the alleged crime itself to the potential penalties to other nuances in the process. For example, a charge of possessing the drugs with the intent to distribute will have different consequences depending on where it is to be delivered. If the arrest was within 1,000 feet of a school, there will be harsher penalties in the event that the arrest results in a conviction. This is one of many reasons why anyone charged with a crime involving drugs needs to formulate a strong defense from the start.

It is against state law to deliver methamphetamine. Those who are charged with delivering methamphetamine will be facing a Class B felony. If the person who is the recipient of the delivery of the drug is under the age of 18, the charge will be a Class A felony. The maximum prison sentence for a Class B felony is ten years. The maximum prison sentence for a Class A felony is 20 years. The minimum fine for delivering methamphetamine is $500.

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