2015 ORS 162.235¹
Obstructing governmental or judicial administration

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This section is amended
Effective January 1, 2017
Relating to notario fraud; creating new provisions; and amending ORS 131.125, 131.602, 162.235, 164.015, 164.025, 164.035, 164.075, 194.315, 194.340 and 701.098.

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

(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]

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)

Chapter 162

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 (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 162, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano162.­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.