ORS 166.165¹
Bias crime in the first degree

(1) A person commits a bias crime in the first degree if the person:

(a) Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes physical injury to another person because of the person’s perception of the other person’s race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin;

(b) With criminal negligence causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon because of the person’s perception of the other person’s race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin; or

(c) Intentionally, because of the person’s perception of another person’s race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin, places another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury.

(2) A bias crime in the first degree is a Class C felony. [1981 c.785 §2; 1983 c.521 §2; 1989 c.1029 §2; 1993 c.332 §1; 1995 c.79 §53; 1997 c.249 §50; 2007 c.100 §19; 2011 c.421 §2; 2019 c.553 §2]

Notes of Decisions

State need not prove that defendant was motivated solely by defendant’s percep­tion of victim’s race, color, religion, na­tional origin or sexual orienta­tion because this statute creates crim­i­nal liability when unlawful motive plays any role in proscribed con­duct. State v. Hendrix, 107 Or App 734, 813 P2d 1115 (1991), aff’d State v. Plowman, 314 Or 157, 838 P2d 558 (1992) and State v. Hendrix, 314 Or 170, 838 P2d 566 (1992)

This statute is not unconstitu­tionally vague. State v. Hendrix, 107 Or App 734, 813 P2d 1115 (1991), aff’d State v. Plowman, 314 Or 157, 838 P2d 558 (1992)

Where defendant and an­oth­er were charged and jointly tried for intimida­tion in first de­gree and other per­son was acquitted, defendant could be convicted and sen­tenced only for intimida­tion in sec­ond de­gree. State v. Martin, 109 Or App 483, 818 P2d 1301 (1991)

Because this sec­tion does not proscribe opinions or communica­tions, it does not violate Oregon Constitu­tion, Article I, sec­tion 8. State v. Plowman, 314 Or 157, 838 P2d 558 (1992)

When defendant arrived at store with codefendants who had weapons, observed that one victim spoke little English, heard codefendant’s loud and repeated state­ments about victims’ race and na­tional origin, continued to beat victims while hearing and after hearing codefendants’ state­ments and left with codefendants after beating, evidence es­tab­lished beyond reasonable doubt that defendant had specific intent re­quired under this sec­tion. State v. Hendrix, 314 Or 170, 838 P2d 566 (1992)

Law Review Cita­tions

18 WLR 197 (1982); 28 WLR 455 (1992); 71 OLR 689 (1992); 72 OLR 157 (1993); 29 WLR 763 (1993)

Chapter 166

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972); 69 OLR 169 (1990)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 166—Offenses Against Public Order; Firearms and Other Weapons; Racketeering, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors166.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 166, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano166.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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