Spouse as witness
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, in all criminal actions in which a spouse in a marriage is the party accused, the other spouse is a competent witness, but neither spouse shall be compelled or allowed to testify in a criminal action, except as provided in ORS 40.255 (Rule 505. Spousal privilege).
(2) There is no privilege under this section, or under ORS 40.255 (Rule 505. Spousal privilege) in all criminal actions in which a spouse is charged with bigamy or with an offense or attempted offense against the person or property of the other spouse or of a child of either, or with an offense against the person or property of a third person committed in the course of committing or attempting to commit an offense against the other spouse. [Formerly 139.320; 1979 c.721 §1; 1981 c.892 §89; 2015 c.629 §29]
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