ORS 161.568¹
Misdemeanor treated as violation
  • court’s election

(1) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a court may elect to treat any misdemeanor as a Class A violation for the purpose of entering a default judgment under ORS 153.102 (Entry) if:

(a) A complaint or information has been filed with the court for the misdemeanor;

(b) The defendant has failed to make an appearance in the proceedings required by the court or by law; and

(c) The court has given notice to the district attorney for the county and the district attorney has informed the court that the district attorney does not object to treating the misdemeanor as a Class A violation.

(2) If the court treats a misdemeanor as a Class A violation under this section, the court shall amend the accusatory instrument to reflect the charged offense as a Class A violation and clearly denominate the offense as a Class A violation in the judgment entered in the matter.

(3) Notwithstanding ORS 153.018 (Schedule of penalties), if the court treats a misdemeanor as a Class A violation under this section, the maximum fine that the court may impose under a default judgment entered pursuant to ORS 153.102 (Entry) is the maximum fine for the class of misdemeanor receiving violation treatment.

(4) A court may not treat misdemeanors created under ORS 811.540 (Fleeing or attempting to elude police officer) or 813.010 (Driving under the influence of intoxicants) as violations under the provisions of this section.

(5) Notwithstanding ORS 137.290 (Unitary assessment) (1)(d), the unitary assessment imposed upon conviction of a violation under this section is the amount provided in ORS 137.290 (Unitary assessment) for the misdemeanor receiving violation treatment. [1999 c.1051 §48; 2003 c.737 §90]

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 433 (1972)

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Notes of Decisions

A juvenile court adjudica­tion of whether or not a child committed acts which would be a crim­i­nal viola­tion if committed by an adult must necessarily include an adjudica­tion of all af­firm­a­tive de­fenses that would be available to an adult being tried for the same crim­i­nal viola­tion. State ex rel Juvenile Dept. v. L. J., 26 Or App 461, 552 P2d 1322 (1976)

Law Review Cita­tions

2 EL 237 (1971); 51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 161—General Provisions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­161.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 161, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­161ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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.
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