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Christmas tree attack leads to misdemeanor charges and jail

While there is a lot of joy during the holiday season, there can also be a lot of stress. There are family parties, obligations and extra expenses -- all of which can create tension. With the constant stress placed on people during this time, it is easy for someone to overreact to a situation. However, when this happens people can still face criminal charges for their behavior.

In a recent Oregon case, a man was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor in an unusual case. According to reports, a 24-year-old man was arrested after an altercation with his 42-year-old roommate. In this case, the man was accused of hitting his roommate with a six foot tall spiral Christmas tree.

While little else is known about the alleged attack, police officers did say that the man's roommate suffered minor injuries in the incident. However, he did not require medical attention but has obtained a restraining order and no-contact order. Following the incident, the 24-year-old man was charged with fourth-degree assault and was taken to jail.

As this case shows, even when there are only very minor injuries people can still face criminal charges for assaulting another person. Misdemeanor charges, like these, can still carry serious penalties that can follow a person for years to come. These include fines, probation and jail time. They can also leave people with a criminal record which can affect a person's ability to get a job.

When someone is charged with a misdemeanor, the person will be given the opportunity to defend against the charges. With the right criminal defense, people can limit the impact of the charges and move forward from the incident.

Source: KBOI, "Sheriff: Ore. man assaulted roommate with 6-foot spiral Christmas tree," Dec. 17, 2014

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