General Provisions

ORS 161.635
Fines for misdemeanors


A sentence to pay a fine for a misdemeanor shall be a sentence to pay an amount, fixed by the court, not exceeding:


$6,250 for a Class A misdemeanor.


$2,500 for a Class B misdemeanor.


$1,250 for a Class C misdemeanor.


A sentence to pay a fine for an unclassified misdemeanor shall be a sentence to pay an amount, fixed by the court, as provided in the statute defining the crime.


If a person has gained money or property through the commission of a misdemeanor, then upon conviction thereof the court, instead of imposing the fine authorized for the offense under this section, may sentence the defendant to pay an amount fixed by the court, not exceeding double the amount of the defendant’s gain from the commission of the offense. In that event, ORS 161.625 (Fines for felonies) (4) and (5) apply.


This section does not apply to corporations. [1971 c.743 §77; 1981 c.390 §2; 1993 c.680 §30; 1995 c.545 §2; 1999 c.1051 §44; 2003 c.737 §87]

Notes of Decisions

1993 amendment increasing maximum fine for class A misdemeanors does not apply retroactively to cases pending on effective date of amendment. State v. Flowers, 136 Or App 555, 902 P2d 624 (1995), Sup Ct review denied

Conviction fee assessed by court is not considered when determining maximum fine that may be imposed on defendant convicted of Class A misdemeanor. State v. Coates, 288 Or App 586, 406 P3d 1123 (2017)

Law Review Citations

69 OLR 175 (1990)

§§ 161.605 to 161.685

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 433, 476, 489 (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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