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What is aggravated vehicular homicide in Oregon?

In a recent post, this blog highlighted the story of an Oregon man that had been arrested and charged with various drunk driving related charges. In that case, the man was accused of causing a car accident that killed a 60-year-old woman. As many people know, allegations like this are very serious and can result in severe criminal penalties. However, people may not exactly understand the charges this man faces. In particular, many may wonder what aggravated vehicular homicide involves.

Clackamas accident leads to multiple charges including DUII

When Oregon residents are caught driving after having too much to drink, there can be serious legal consequences. When a person is accused of drunk driving, that person risks losing their driver's license, being sentenced to jail time and being fined. These consequences can have long-term effects on the person's personal and professional lives. However, the potential consequences for a DUI increase if another person was hurt by the allegedly drunk driver.

Operating under the influence and boating in Oregon

When the temperatures outside heat up, many Oregonians hit local waterways to have some fun. While boating, swimming and other watersports can be fun, Oregon residents must remember that the state has laws about drinking and boating. Like driving under the influence, boating under the influence is illegal in Oregon. Not only can drinking and boating lead to safety hazards for passengers, it can result in criminal charges.

Protecting against a driver's license suspension

If people make the mistake of driving under the influence, they can face a variety of criminal penalties. Jail or prison time, aggressive fines, probation and mandatory drivers education classes might come to mind when people think about the penalties for a conviction on DUI charges. However, the penalties do not stop there. There is a civil case that accompanies DUI charges. In this case, the Oregon DMV will take steps to revoke or suspend a person's driver's license.

What is Oregon's Deferred Adjudication Program?

Humans are prone to making mistakes. People act out in the heat of the moment and may make decisions that are not in their best interests. In some cases, these decisions can result in criminal charges. Misdemeanor charges are common for less serious offenses. These can include shoplifting, petty-theft, simple assault, certain drug charges and traffic infractions.

Responding to a traffic citation in Oregon

Many Oregon residents drive a car on a daily basis. Most of these drivers probably understand that they must follow rules of the road and all traffic laws. These include speed limits, license requirements and other safe driving rules. If people do not follow these rules, they risk being charged with a traffic violation. This can be as simple as a speeding ticket, or as serious as a misdemeanor charge.

Misdemeanor charge dropped against Portland man

When a person is charged with a crime, other people may be quick to judge the accused. The media, neighbors, friends, employers and other members of the community might condemn a person as guilty before criminal proceedings have even taken place. Portland residents should understand, however, that just because a person has been charged with a crime, that does not mean those charges won't eventually be dropped.

What is criminal trespassing in Oregon?

Not all criminal charges are the result of a physical altercation or from the possession of contraband. Sometimes, criminal charges are the result of a person's interaction with the property of another. For example, there may be times when you are on property that you do not own. Sometime this can be intentional and, sometimes, this happens by mistake. Oregon residents might wonder: when do criminal trespassing charges apply?

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