2017 ORS 163.275¹

(1) A person commits the crime of coercion when the person compels or induces another person to engage in conduct from which the other person has a legal right to abstain, or to abstain from engaging in conduct in which the other person has a legal right to engage, by means of instilling in the other person a fear that, if the other person refrains from the conduct compelled or induced or engages in conduct contrary to the compulsion or inducement, the actor or another will:

(a) Unlawfully cause physical injury to some person;

(b) Unlawfully cause physical injury to some animal;

(c) Unlawfully cause damage to property;

(d) Engage in conduct constituting a crime;

(e) Falsely accuse some person of a crime or cause criminal charges to be instituted against the person;

(f) Cause or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action injurious to some person’s business, except that such a threat is not deemed coercive when the act or omission compelled is for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;

(g) Testify falsely or provide false information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or

(h) Unlawfully use or abuse the person’s position as a public servant by performing some act within or related to official duties, or by failing or refusing to perform an official duty, in such manner as to affect some person adversely.

(2) Coercion is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §102; 1983 c.546 §4; 1985 c.338 §1; 2007 c.71 §45; 2015 c.751 §1]

Notes of Decisions

The pro­hi­bi­­tion of this sec­tion reaches areas of free speech, rendering the statute unconstitu­tionally overbroad. State v. Robertson, 293 Or 402, 649 P2d 569 (1982)

This sec­tion is susceptible to narrowing construc­tion and, as so construed, is not overbroad and does not violate Article I, sec­tion 8 of Oregon Constitu­tion. State v. Stone, 84 Or App 575, 735 P2d 577 (1987), Sup Ct review denied

“Induce” means to influence or persuade per­son to do something that per­son otherwise would not have done or to not do something that per­son otherwise would have done. State v. Pedersen, 242 Or App 305, 255 P3d 556 (2011), Sup Ct review denied

Recruiter for Oregon Army Na­tional Guard is “public servant.” State v. Fox, 262 Or App 473, 324 P3d 608 (2014), Sup Ct review denied

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 483, 492, 493 (1972); 20 WLR 351 (1984)

Chapter 163

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 163—Offenses Against Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors163.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 163, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano163.­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.