ORS 163.732¹

(1) A person commits the crime of stalking if:

(a) The person knowingly alarms or coerces another person or a member of that person’s immediate family or household by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact with the other person;

(b) It is objectively reasonable for a person in the victim’s situation to have been alarmed or coerced by the contact; and

(c) The repeated and unwanted contact causes the victim reasonable apprehension regarding the personal safety of the victim or a member of the victim’s immediate family or household.

(2)(a) Stalking is a Class A misdemeanor.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, stalking is a Class C felony if the person has a prior conviction for:

(A) Stalking; or

(B) Violating a court’s stalking protective order.

(c) When stalking is a Class C felony pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subsection, stalking shall be classified as a person felony and as crime category 8 of the sentencing guidelines grid of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. [1993 c.626 §2; 1995 c.353 §2]

Note: See note under 163.730 (Definitions for ORS 30.866 and 163.730 to 163.750).

Notes of Decisions

Where alleged ac­tivity is carried out by communicative means, proof of stalking requires es­tab­lish­ment of actual or substantive threat. State v. Rangel, 146 Or App 571, 934 P2d 1128 (1997), aff’d 328 Or 294, 977 P2d 379 (1999)

Mental ele­ment “knowingly,” when used in conjunc­tion with require­ments of actual alarm by addressee and subjective and objective reasonableness of alarm, is sufficiently specific to prevent overbroad applica­tion to protected speech. State v. Rangel, 328 Or 294, 977 P2d 379 (1999)

Law Review Cita­tions

90 OLR 303 (2011)

Notes of Decisions

Require­ment in force prior to 1995 amend­ments that con­duct be “without legitimate purpose” was unconstitu­tionally vague. State v. Norris-Romine/Finley, 134 Or App 204, 894 P2d 1221 (1995), Sup Ct review denied

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 (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 163, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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