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.
Being charged with a felony can put an Oregon resident in a very difficult situation. Besides the serious penalties, such as expensive fines and a lengthy prison sentence, residents of Multnomah County, just east of Portland, who are accused of felonies will also have to deal with new risk evaluation guidelines.
As most Oregonians know, felonies have significantly tougher consequences than other criminal charges, typically longer prison sentences and heftier fines. A southern Oregon woman is now looking at such charges - in her case, murder charges - after her recent arrest for violating terms of her probation from an unrelated assault case.
Any crime that has some element of danger to individuals or the public is likely to be classified as a felony by a legislature at some point. Most people think of certain acts that threaten or take life or property as felony crimes, but creating a public nuisance that has the potential to threaten human or animal health or the environment on a large scale can also become felonies.
A 40-year-old man accused of pulling a string of armed robberies in Washington and Oregon was recently apprehended in Portland. With the combined efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lake Oswego Police Department, the Gresham Police Department, the Hood River Police Department and several other regional law enforcement agencies, authorities were able to arrest the person of interest.
Felonies are the most serious offense in the United States. Generally, conviction due to a felony offense will lead to heavy fines and penalties as well as incarceration for a year or more. Kidnapping, burglary, robbery, rape, murder, arson, treason and terrorism are some of the more common examples of felonies.
Inflicting harm against another person is a serious crime. Because public safety is a priority, Oregon state laws provide harsh sentences to those who are convicted of harming others.