Arraignment and Pretrial Provisions

ORS 135.100
Statement of defendant

If the defendant chooses to make a statement, the magistrate shall take it in a recorded proceeding without oath, and shall put to the defendant the following questions only:


What is your name and age?


Where were you born?


Where do you reside and how long have you resided there?


What is your business or occupation?


Give any explanation you think proper of the circumstances appearing in the testimony against you and state any facts which you think will tend to your exculpation. [Formerly 133.690; 1991 c.790 §12]

See annotations under ORS 133.690 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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