Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. Portland Criminal Defense Attorneys
888-311-2016
FREE Case Review email Location
Main Menu Office Location

February 2015 Archives

Washington County makes poor parents criminals

Is being a less-than stellar parent a crime? The Washington County District Attorney thinks so. Earlier this week the Oregon Court of Appeals threw out a conviction for Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree here. The case was the result of a household dog biting a child on a number of occasions. While certainly not a model for good parenting skills, was this a crime?

Trap for the unwary in Oregon's Burglary law

Under Oregon law a person commits the crime of burglary when they: 1) Enter or remain unlawfully in a building or residence, 2) with the intent to commit a crime therein. Most people think of burglary as breaking into a building for the purpose of stealing something. However burglary under Oregon law covers a much wider range of conduct. Unlawful entry cases arise when a person enters premises without the consent or authorization of the owner. A person remains unlawfully when, after entering with permission, they fail to leave after such permission expires or is revoked. It is often said that in either case, an unlawful entry or an unlawful remaining, that a burglary conviction requires a criminal trespass for the purpose of committing a crime. What then is required for criminal trespass you might ask? Confusingly Oregon law defines criminal trespass as (did you guess it?) to "enter or remain unlawfully." It is this circular definition that is at the heart of much of the burglary confusion.

Contact Us To Schedule A Free And Confidential Initial Consultation

We are committed to delivering the dedicated, intelligent advocacy and personal service you deserve to help you through a difficult situation. Call us today at 888-311-2016 or send us an email below.

Send Email

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.

741 Southwest Lincoln Street
Portland, OR 97201
Portland Law Office Map
In portland: 503-821-7449
Toll Free: 888-311-2016
Fax: 503-224-9417