Offenses Against the State and Public Justice

ORS 162.355
Simulating legal process


A person commits the crime of simulating legal process if, with the intent to harass, injure or defraud another person, the person knowingly issues or delivers to another person any document that in form and substance falsely simulates civil or criminal process.


As used in this section:


“Civil or criminal process” means a document or order, including, but not limited to, a summons, lien, complaint, warrant, injunction, writ, notice, pleading or subpoena, that is issued by a court or that is filed or recorded for the purpose of:


Exercising jurisdiction;


Representing a claim against a person or property;


Directing a person to appear before a court or tribunal; or


Directing a person to perform or refrain from performing a specified act.


“Person” has the meaning given that term in ORS 161.015 (General definitions), except that in relation to a defendant, “person” means a human being, a public or private corporation, an unincorporated association or a partnership.


Simulating legal process is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §210; 1997 c.395 §1; 2005 c.2 §1]


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May 26, 2023