Falsification of financial responsibility
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(1) A person commits the offense of falsification of financial responsibility if the person does any of the following:
(a) Forges or, without authority, signs any evidence of proof of compliance with financial responsibility requirements.
(b) Files or offers for filing any evidence of proof of compliance with financial responsibility requirements knowing or having reason to believe that the proof is forged or signed without authority.
(c) Knowingly certifies falsely to the existence of motor vehicle liability insurance meeting the requirements under ORS 806.080 (Insurance) or some other means of satisfying the financial responsibility requirements or making a financial responsibility filing.
(2) A denial of coverage, signed by an officer or agent of an insurer, returned to the Department of Transportation after inquiry from the department as to the accuracy of a certification of the existence of liability insurance under ORS 806.150 (Department verification program) or 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) is prima facie evidence of false certification.
(3) Any person convicted of knowingly certifying falsely to the existence of motor vehicle liability insurance or to the existence of some other means of satisfying the financial responsibility requirements shall be imprisoned for no less than three consecutive days. In no case shall the execution of the punishment imposed by this section be suspended by the court, nor shall any person subject to such punishment be sentenced to probation by the court.
(4) A person who is convicted for violation of this section is subject to ORS 806.230 (Failure of previous violator to file) if the person does not make future responsibility filings as required by that section.
(5) The offense described in this section, falsification of financial responsibility, is a Class B misdemeanor except that violation of subsection (1)(c) of this section is a Class A misdemeanor. [1983 c.338 §841; 1985 c.16 §425; 1985 c.393 §62; 1993 c.14 §27]
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