General Provisions

ORS 161.568
Misdemeanor treated as violation

  • court’s election


Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a court may elect to treat any misdemeanor as a Class A violation for the purpose of entering a default judgment under ORS 153.102 (Entry) if:


A complaint or information has been filed with the court for the misdemeanor;


The defendant has failed to make an appearance in the proceedings required by the court or by law; and


The court has given notice to the district attorney for the county and the district attorney has informed the court that the district attorney does not object to treating the misdemeanor as a Class A violation.


If the court treats a misdemeanor as a Class A violation under this section, the court shall amend the accusatory instrument to reflect the charged offense as a Class A violation and clearly denominate the offense as a Class A violation in the judgment entered in the matter.


Notwithstanding ORS 153.021 (Minimum fines), if the court treats a misdemeanor as a Class A violation under this section, the fine that the court may impose under a default judgment entered pursuant to ORS 153.102 (Entry) may not:


Be less than the presumptive fine established by ORS 153.019 (Presumptive fines) for a Class A violation; or


Exceed the maximum fine established by ORS 153.018 (Maximum fines) for a Class A violation.


A court may not treat misdemeanors created under ORS 811.540 (Fleeing or attempting to elude police officer) or 813.010 (Driving under the influence of intoxicants) as violations under the provisions of this section. [1999 c.1051 §48; 2003 c.737 §90; 2011 c.597 §17; 2012 c.82 §3]
§§ 161.505 to 161.585

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 433 (1972)

Chapter 161

Notes of Decisions

A juvenile court adjudication of whether or not a child committed acts which would be a criminal violation if committed by an adult must necessarily include an adjudication of all affirmative defenses that would be available to an adult being tried for the same criminal violation. State ex rel Juvenile Dept. v. L.J., 26 Or App 461, 552 P2d 1322 (1976)

Law Review Citations

2 EL 237 (1971); 51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

Chapter 161

Criminal Code


Notes of Decisions

Legislature's adoption of 1971 Criminal Code did not abolish doctrine of transferred intent. State v. Wesley, 254 Or App 697, 295 P3d 1147 (2013), Sup Ct review denied


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