Arraignment and Pretrial Provisions

ORS 135.070
Informing defendant as to charge, right to counsel, use of statement and preliminary hearing

When the defendant against whom an information has been filed in a preliminary proceeding appears before a magistrate on a charge of having committed a crime punishable as a felony, before any further proceedings are had the magistrate shall read to the defendant the information and shall inform the defendant:


Of the defendant’s right to the aid of counsel, that the defendant is not required to make a statement and that any statement made by the defendant may be used against the defendant.


That the defendant is entitled to a preliminary hearing and of the nature of a preliminary hearing. If a preliminary hearing is requested, it shall be held as soon as practicable but in any event within five judicial days if the defendant is in custody or within 30 days if the defendant is not in custody. The time may be extended for good cause shown.


That if the defendant is on parole, evidence received and the order of the court at the preliminary hearing may be used by the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision to establish that probable cause exists to believe that a violation of a condition of parole has occurred; and further, that should the defendant waive the defendant’s right to a preliminary hearing, such waiver shall also constitute a waiver of a hearing by the board to determine whether there is probable cause to believe that a violation of one or more of the conditions of parole has occurred. [Formerly 133.610; 1981 c.644 §2; 1997 c.823 §1; 2013 c.74 §1]

See annotations under ORS 133.610 in permanent edition.

§§ 135.070 to 135.185

Notes of Decisions

Under Oregon Constitution, person may be charged with felony either by grand jury indictment or by district attorney information after showing of probable cause at preliminary hearing, and it is within district attorney's discretion to decide which procedure to use so long as exercise thereof complies with Equality of Privileges Clause of Oregon Constitution. State v. Eells, 72 Or App 492, 696 P2d 564 (1985), Sup Ct review denied

Where defendant is initially charged by information, but later indicted, defendant does not retain right to preliminary hearing unless use of indictment was for improper purpose. State v. Marsh, 132 Or App 416, 888 P2d 580 (1995)


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