Like felony charges, misdemeanor charges are extremely varied. They include everything from shoplifting and low level drug charges to certain DUI charges and writing bad checks. Misdemeanor charges can also include some crimes of a sexual nature.
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.
The criminal code applies to everyone in Oregon -- regular people and the well-recognized, the rich and the poor. If people are caught breaking the law, Oregon police can make arrests and prosecutors can seek punishments. The law does not recognize distinctions between people, and therefore, all criminal charges need to be taken seriously.
Most Oregon residents stop into a store from time to time to do some shopping. In these cases, it can be easy for someone to grab something from the store and inadvertently forget to pay. People can also intentionally leave with items. In these cases, people can face misdemeanor charges for shoplifting. These charges can result in damage to a person's reputation, jail time, fines, restitution and more. These penalties can interfere with a person's life.
People may think that misdemeanor charges like shoplifting are not a big deal. However, even simple theft charges can carry penalties and affect a person's future.