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Oregon woman charged with misdemeanor for video

A person can be charged with misdemeanor charges for a variety of reasons. These charges are not as serious as felony charges but still have the potential to carry serious penalties. One Oregon woman is facing a fine of up to $6,250 and a year in jail following an online video.

In this case, the woman -- an infamous web star -- is accused of performing a live sex show to internet followers. While this is not illegal by itself, the woman is accused of doing this show -- where she was partially nude -- from the library at Oregon State University. The show lasted for 30 minutes and several students where seen in the background oblivious to the woman's behavior.

According to reports, the live show was recorded by an online user and uploaded to a pornographic website. The video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. It eventually caught the attention of Oregon State University and then police.

As a result, the 19-year-old woman has been charged with indecent exposure. The woman and her attorney have not commented on the charges.

When people are facing misdemeanor charges, they need to take their criminal defense seriously. Misdemeanor charges can range from low-level drug charges, to shoplifting and traffic violations. But, no matter the specific charges, their impact can be immediate. People can face trouble at work, lose their ability to attend school and face other social criticisms.

People should also remember that their constitutional rights still apply even if they are only charged with a misdemeanor. This means that people have the right to remain silent, the right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty and the right to ask for an attorney.

Source: New York Daily News, "Kendra Sunderland, Oregon webcam sex star, slapped with public indecency charge," Doyle Murphy, Feb. 24, 2015

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