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18 years we waited. For this?...

In 1997 the Oregon legislature passed what was then-referred to as Senate Bill 936. Senate Bill 936 made a number of changes to Oregon criminal defense statutes. No change was perhaps more significant than the addition to Oregon's evidence code of section 404(4). This section fundamentally changed the way in which Oregon courts treated an entire class of evidence commonly referred to as "prior bad acts" evidence.

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.

Former Oregon police lieutenant faces criminal charges

Criminal accusations can have a negative impact on the personal and professional life of a Portland, Oregon resident. However, for residents who made significant contributions to the community, the impact can be magnified. A former police lieutenant is in such a situation.

Two Oregon women face burglary allegations

Here in Portland, Oregon, as in most states, a conviction for criminal charges means serious penalties and a possible prison sentence. A criminal record can have a negative impact on the personal and professional life of a resident. For this reason, the accused is advised to do whatever is legally possible to be free of the charges. Two Lebanon, Oregon women accused of burglary may wish to take such advice into consideration.

Robbery suspect in Salem allegedly admits guilt

In Salem, just south of Portland, Oregon, a man robbed a 7-Eleven store, demanding cash from the cashier before fleeing the scene. Nine hours after the crime was committed, the suspect, a 41-year-old man, allegedly confessed to patrons at a bar that he robbed the 7-Eleven store. The suspect was subsequently arrested on robbery charges.

Man faces legal trouble after shooting incident near Portland

Putting forth a criminal defense is the right of any person accused of criminal charges. In Oregon, conviction from a crime can lead to serious life-altering consequences including imprisonment, fines and other penalties. The suspect can also be prosecuted in a state or federal court, depending on the nature of the crime.

Man faces multiple criminal charges after shooting officer

Local Portland, Oregon, residents know how committed police are to maintaining peace and order. Take, for example, an early December police chase that started roughly 40 miles south of Portland. Police chased a man that they suspected of car theft but then had to end that chase because of poor road conditions. However, they did not give up in their search and found the man later that same day. After exchanging gunfire, police arrested the suspect.

Five people face criminal charges in food stamp fraud in Oregon

Oregon police have arrested the co-owners of a Beaverton meat market and three of its employees. They are accused of conducting a fraud operation involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP, known formerly as the Food Stamp Program, is designed to provide food assistance to low-income families.

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