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.
Oregon residents use their cars constantly. People often don't think about them as being a potential source of criminal charges. However, traffic violations are common. These violations can, in some cases, result in misdemeanor charges, fines and other penalties.
Cars are a common form of transportation in Oregon. People rely on their cars, trucks and commercial vehicles for a variety of different purposes. However, motor vehicles happen to also be one of the most highly regulated activities in Oregon as well. There are rules about who can drive, how fast people can drive and where people can drive. Activity inside a person's car -- like using a cell phone or a seatbelt -- is also regulated by state law.
A lot of people's conduct in Oregon is regulated by a series of laws created by the state legislature. While people are aware of major felonies, misdemeanor charges can be more obscure -- especially new laws. One area of people's lives that is particularly regulated is driving. There are traffic rules dictating, who can drive, how fast people can drive and what people can do while driving l in Oregon law books. If people break these rules -- either intentionally or unintentionally -- they can be hit with a traffic violation.