When a person gets behind the wheel of a car in Oregon, the person is taking on a big responsibility. Not only are people responsible for their own safety, but also for the safety of others. If a car accident occurs, a driver may face criminal charges under certain circumstances. In particular, if a person is involved in a hit-and-run involving injuries, criminal charges can follow.
Children make mistakes. There are times when these mistakes lead to criminal charges. Like adults that are charged with a crime, these charges can follow the child for years to come. If convicted of criminal charges as a juvenile, the charges go on a person's criminal record. This record can prevent the person from certain educational benefits, job opportunities and more in the future. Therefore, many people want to avoid a criminal record altogether.
Many posts on this blog have stressed the seriousness of felony charges. People likely understand that they can face serious prison sentences, large fines and probation for a conviction on felony charges. However, people may not always think of the wide range of felony charges available. Not every felony charge is just for a violent crime. In fact, many white collar crimes, are purely financial. As we explained in a recent post, Oregon residents can face a Class B felony for money laundering, even when no violence was used in a case.
A Happy Valley pastor is in hot water after being taken into custody for alleged sex crimes. Police claim the 64-year-old man, who co-founded the North Clackamas Bible Community, committed three acts of unlawful sexual penetration. Each offense is a Class A felony charge, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of eight years and four months behind bars. Without a strong criminal defense, this man's life may be turned upside down.
In the full range of emotions that people can feel, anger can be dangerous. When people are angry they sometimes act out in a way that they normally would avoid. While peoples' anger does not excuse their behavior it can sometimes be an explanation for why people did something they did. Even when a person's emotions get the best of them, people should understand that criminal consequences can follow in certain circumstances.
Allegations of drunk driving can be devastating for some Portland residents. They can face difficult and harsh penalties that affect them not only emotionally but financially. In Oregon, in order for first time drunk driving offenders to regain driving privileges, they have to install an ignition interlock device into their car. This device will prevent the car from starting if alcohol is detected on a person's breath. The device is mandatory and costs between $500 and $1,000 to install. Maintenance and monitoring on the device can cost additional money.
There is sometimes a fine line between consensual sexual activity and inappropriate behavior. This line can get blurry when two adults -- who are able to consent -- are involved in the incident. Sometimes in cases like these, criminal charges can follow. While someone is facing allegations of sex crimes, the evidence may come in the form of he said, she said testimony.
An Oregon man that is already facing federal drug charges has recently been accused of other state crimes. According to police, the 38-year-old man was involved in a gang-related stabbing that took place last year at a club on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland.
From time to time, people might suffer from a lack of proper judgment or make a mistake. Oftentimes, misdemeanor crimes, such as theft or shoplifting, are just that -- mistakes. However, even these less serious crimes can make a big impact on a person's life.