ORS 475.245¹
Conditional discharge

(1)(a) Whenever a person is charged with an offense listed in subsection (5) of this section, the court, with the consent of the district attorney and the person, may defer further proceedings and place the person on probation. The terms of the probation shall be defined by a probation agreement.

(b) A probation agreement carries the understanding that if the defendant fulfills the terms of the agreement, the criminal charges filed against the defendant will be dismissed with prejudice.

(c) The agreement must contain a waiver of the following rights of the defendant with respect to each criminal charge:

(A) The right to a speedy trial and trial by jury;

(B) The right to present evidence on the defendant’s behalf;

(C) The right to confront and cross-examine witnesses against the defendant;

(D) The right to contest evidence presented against the defendant, including the right to object to hearsay evidence; and

(E) The right to appeal from a judgment of conviction resulting from an adjudication of guilt entered under subsection (2) of this section, unless the appeal is based on an allegation that the sentence exceeds the maximum allowed by law or constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

(d) The agreement must include a requirement that the defendant pay any restitution owed to the victim as determined by the court, and any fees for court-appointed counsel ordered by the court under ORS 135.050 (Eligibility for court-appointed counsel).

(e) The agreement may not contain a requirement that the defendant enter a plea of guilty or no contest on any charge in the accusatory instrument.

(f) Entering into a probation agreement does not constitute an admission of guilt and is not sufficient to warrant a finding or adjudication of guilt by a court.

(g) Police reports or other documents associated with the criminal charges in a court file other than the probation agreement may not be admitted into evidence, and do not establish a factual basis for finding the defendant guilty, unless the court resumes criminal proceedings and enters an adjudication of guilt under subsection (2) of this section.

(2) Upon violation of a term or condition of the probation agreement, the court may resume the criminal proceedings and may find the defendant guilty of the offenses in the accusatory instrument in accordance with the waiver of rights in the probation agreement. The defendant may not contest the sufficiency of the evidence establishing the defendant’s guilt of the offenses in the accusatory instrument.

(3) Upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions of the probation agreement, the court shall discharge the person and dismiss the proceedings against the person. Discharge and dismissal under this section shall be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of this section or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime. There may be only one discharge and dismissal under this section with respect to any person.

(4) In the event that the period of probation under this section expires, but the terms and conditions of the probation agreement have not been fulfilled and no probation violation proceeding was initiated prior to the expiration of the period of probation, the court may not discharge the person and dismiss the proceedings against the person. The court shall instead issue an order requiring the person to appear and to show cause why the court should not enter an adjudication of guilt as described in subsection (2) of this section due to the failure of the person to fulfill the terms and conditions of the probation agreement prior to expiration of the period of probation. At the hearing on the order to show cause, after considering any evidence or argument from the district attorney and the person, the court may:

(a) Order a new period of probation to allow the person to fulfill the terms and conditions of the probation agreement; or

(b) Enter an adjudication of guilt as described in subsection (2) of this section.

(5) This section applies to the following offenses:

(a) Possession of a controlled substance under ORS 475.752 (Prohibited acts generally) (3), 475.814 (Unlawful possession of hydrocodone), 475.824 (Unlawful possession of methadone), 475.834 (Unlawful possession of oxycodone), 475.854 (Unlawful possession of heroin), 475.874 (Unlawful possession of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), 475.884 (Unlawful possession of cocaine) or 475.894 (Unlawful possession of methamphetamine);

(b) Unlawfully possessing a prescription drug under ORS 689.527 (Prohibited practices) (6);

(c) Unlawfully possessing marijuana plants, usable marijuana, cannabinoid products, cannabinoid concentrates or cannabinoid extracts as described in ORS 475B.337 (Unlawful possession by person 21 years of age or older) or 475B.341 (Unlawful possession by person under 21 years of age), if the offense is a misdemeanor or felony;

(d) Endangering the welfare of a minor under ORS 163.575 (Endangering the welfare of a minor) (1)(b);

(e) Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used under ORS 167.222 (Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used); and

(f) A property offense that is motivated by a dependence on a controlled substance or a marijuana item as defined in ORS 475B.015 (Definitions for ORS 475B.010 to 475B.545). [1977 c.745 §21; 1995 c.440 §30; 1999 c.799 §1; 2001 c.834 §§6,10; 2005 c.706 §26; 2005 c.708 §§56,57; 2011 c.524 §2; 2013 c.75 §1; 2015 c.125 §1; 2016 c.24 §58; 2017 c.21 §23; 2019 c.445 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Condi­tional discharge is not subject to ap­peal because it is not a final court disposi­tion. State v. Spencer/Fenner, 130 Or App 158, 881 P2d 154 (1994)

Under 2013 version of this sec­tion, legislature intended proba­tion pursuant to this sec­tion to mirror proba­tion under ORS chapter 137; therefore, precedents pertaining to requisite timing of revoca­tion or extension pro­ceed­ings in general proba­tionary context are controlling. State v. Granberry, 260 Or App 15, 316 P3d 363 (2013)

Chapter 475

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 561 (1972); 69 OLR 171 (1990)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 475—Controlled Substances; Illegal Drug Cleanup; Miscellaneous Drugs; Paraphernalia; Precursors, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors475.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 475, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano475.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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. Currency Information