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.
DNA evidence recently proved of enormous help to law enforcement officials in solving a September sexual assault in southeast Portland.