2017 ORS 162.375¹
Initiating a false report

This section is amended
Effective April 13, 2018
Relating to public safety; creating new provisions; amending ORS 137.221, 137.225, 137.372, 137.540, 147.395, 147.397, 161.336, 161.390, 161.705, 162.375, 166.412, 166.436, 180.700, 423.105 and 837.365; and declaring an emergency.

(1) A person commits the crime of initiating a false report if the person knowingly initiates a false alarm or report that is transmitted to a fire department, law enforcement agency or other organization that deals with emergencies involving danger to life or property.

(2) Initiating a false report is a Class A misdemeanor.

(3)(a) The court shall include in the sentence of any person convicted under this section a requirement that the person repay the costs incurred in responding to and investigating the false report.

(b) If the response to the false report involved the deployment of a law enforcement special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team or a similar law enforcement group, the court shall impose, and may not suspend, a term of incarceration of at least 10 days. [1971 c.743 §212; 2013 c.490 §1; 2015 c.751 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Initiating false report requires supplying false in­for­ma­­tion at time incident is initially reported. State v. McCrorey, 216 Or App 301, 172 P3d 271 (2007)

Evidence in record that showed that youth repeatedly and falsely asserted to police detective that youth had been kidnapped was sufficient to support that youth “knowingly initiated a false report” under this sec­tion. State v. J.L.S., 268 Or App 829, 343 P3d 670 (2015)

Where defendant did not begin police report but where evidence showed that defendant acted in concert with other per­son and simultaneously participated in making false report of hit-and-run accident to police of­fi­cer, each per­son could commit crime of initiating false report under this sec­tion. State v. Velasquez, 286 Or App 400, ­­ P3d ­­ (2017)

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 (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.