2017 ORS 162.235¹
Obstructing governmental or judicial administration

(1) A person commits the crime of obstructing governmental or judicial administration if the person:

(a) Intentionally obstructs, impairs or hinders the administration of law or other governmental or judicial function by means of intimidation, force, physical or economic interference or obstacle;

(b) With intent to defraud, engages in the business of or acts in the capacity of a notary public as defined in ORS 194.215 (Definitions) without having received a commission as a notary public from the Secretary of State; or

(c) With intent to defraud, engages in the business of or acts in the capacity of an immigration consultant, as defined in ORS 9.280 (Prohibition on acting as immigration consultant), in violation of ORS 9.160 (Bar membership required to practice law).

(2) This section shall not apply to the obstruction of unlawful governmental or judicial action or interference with the making of an arrest.

(3) Obstructing governmental or judicial administration is a Class A misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §198; 1981 c.902 §1; 2016 c.47 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Instruc­tion that “intimida­tion” means “inten­tionally placing an­oth­er in fear by threats to commit a crime”, was in language of this sec­tion and proper. State v. Mattila, 77 Or App 219, 712 P2d 832 (1986), Sup Ct review denied

Mere refusal to cooperate with law en­force­­ment of­fi­cers unaccompanied by one of four statutorily prohibited means of obstruc­tion is not crim­i­nal act. Papst v. Bay, 354 F. Supp. 2d 1175 (D. Or. 2005)

Viola­tion through “physical in­ter­fer­ence or obstacle” requires that per­son engage in taking ac­tion that results in bodily or ma­te­ri­al obstruc­tion to govern­ment ac­tivity or process. State v. Gaines, 346 Or 160, 206 P3d 1042 (2009)

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Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 162—Offenses Against the State and Public Justice, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors162.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 162, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano162.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.