2015 ORS 135.703¹
Crimes subject to being compromised
  • exceptions

(1) When a defendant is charged with a crime punishable as a misdemeanor for which the person injured by the act constituting the crime has a remedy by a civil action, the crime may be compromised, as provided in ORS 135.705 (Satisfaction of injured person), except when it was committed:

(a) By or upon a peace officer while in the execution of the duties of office;

(b) Riotously;

(c) With an intent to commit a crime punishable only as a felony; or

(d) By one family or household member upon another family or household member, as defined in ORS 107.705 (Definitions for ORS 107.700 to 107.735), or by a person upon an elderly person or a person with a disability as defined in ORS 124.005 (Definitions for ORS 124.005 to 124.040) and the crime was:

(A) Assault in the fourth degree under ORS 163.160 (Assault in the fourth degree);

(B) Assault in the third degree under ORS 163.165 (Assault in the third degree);

(C) Menacing under ORS 163.190 (Menacing);

(D) Recklessly endangering another person under ORS 163.195 (Recklessly endangering another person);

(E) Harassment under ORS 166.065 (Harassment); or

(F) Strangulation under ORS 163.187 (Strangulation).

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, when a defendant is charged with violating ORS 811.700 (Failure to perform duties of driver when property is damaged), the crime may be compromised as provided in ORS 135.705 (Satisfaction of injured person). [Formerly 134.010; 1991 c.938 §1; 1995 c.657 §21; 1995 c.666 §26; 1999 c.738 §9; 2003 c.264 §9; 2003 c.577 §5; 2007 c.70 §35]

See also annota­tions under ORS 134.010 in permanent edi­tion.

Notes of Decisions

By enacting ORS 161.705 (Reduction of certain felonies to misdemeanors), the legislature intended to authorize a compromise of all Class C felonies which could be punished as a misdemeanor. State v. Dumond, 270 Or 854, 530 P2d 32 (1974)

ORS 135.755 (Dismissal on motion of court or district attorney) must be read together with ORS 135.705 (Satisfaction of injured person) and this sec­tion. State v. Martindale, 30 Or App 1127, 569 P2d 659 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Criminal charge based on failure of driver involved in accident to leave name and address is not a charge which can be dismissed on basis of civil compromise. State v. Duffy, 33 Or App 301, 576 P2d 797 (1978)

to Be Entitled to Civil Compromise, Defendants Misdemeanor Must Affect Only Person or Persons With Civil Remedy

acts crim­i­nalized to protect public at large are not covered by this sec­tion; overruling State v. Phon Yos, 71 Or App 57, 691 P2d 508 (1984). State v. Dugger, 73 Or App 109, 698 P2d 491 (1985)

Defendant, who was charged after damaging employers vehicle, repairs to which were paid for by employers insurer and who then entered into valid civil compromise with employer but not with insurer, is eligible for dismissal under ORS 135.705 (Satisfaction of injured person) because employer, not insurer, is per­son injured by defendants crim­i­nal acts. State v. Ferguson, 261 Or App 497, 323 P3d 496 (2014)

Law Review Cita­tions

10 WLJ 187 (1974)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 135—Arraignment and Pretrial Provisions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors135.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 135, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano135.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.