An Oregon teacher has recently accepted a plea deal that resulted in prosecutors dropping felony charges against her. In this case, prosecutors claim that the 37-year-old high school teacher had inappropriate sexual relations with a 17-year-old student. Since the student was underage at the time of the sexual contact, the teacher was charged with several felony sex crimes. According to police, another teacher reported the sexual activity.
An Oregon man was recently sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge. The man was originally charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor, and initiating a false report, a Class C misdemeanor. The charges stem from a traffic stop with police.
A criminal conviction can have a big impact on a person's future. Even misdemeanors, which are typically less serious criminal convictions, can alter the direction of a person's life. One former jail deputy for Multnomah County was sentenced on Sept. 25 on a misdemeanor charge.
If you're accused of drinking and driving, you may have a number of legal options laid out before you, depending on the circumstances of your arrest. If the incident is relatively minor and it's your first drunk-driving arrest, you could be eligible for a diversion program that would allow you to keep the offense off your record. But even "easy" options should be weighed carefully with the help of an attorney who can explain all of their ramifications.