If you are facing a misdemeanor charge in Oregon, you might wonder what the difference is between this and a felony in terms of the law and subsequent penalties. The main difference between the two is that a felony charge is more serious than a misdemeanor charge. Those charged and convicted of a misdemeanor can face less than a year of jail time, but a felony charge, depending on the sentence handed down by a judge, can require much longer prison time for the defendant.
Misdemeanor Classes, Fines, and Sentencing in Oregon
The different classes of misdemeanors in Oregon carry different punishments and fines:
- Class A. Up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $6,250 for crimes such as reckless driving, fourth-degree assault, prostitution, and menacing.
- Class B. Maximum of six months in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500 for crimes such as harassment, second-degree disorderly conduct, or carrying a concealed weapon.
- Class C. Maximum of 30 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,250 for crimes such as theft under $100, driving without a license, or third-degree criminal mischief.
Suppose a defendant committed a misdemeanor and also acquired money or property through the act. In that case, a judge may decide to hand down a larger fine, which can be double the original fine under Oregon law. Additionally, defendants who commit repeated misdemeanors can face felony punishments. Sentencing may also include other requirements such as community service, probation, or restitution.
Contact Pedemonte Law for Legal Assistance
Misdemeanor offenses are less severe than felony offenses, but they do carry serious penalties that can negatively impact your future plans, family life, employment prospects, financial security, and physical and mental well-being. Any class of misdemeanor can mean potential jail time and potentially hefty fines, and it is up to the judge’s discretion if they determine a defendant should also complete other actions such as community service or pay further fees or restitution. Contact Pedemonte Law today to help ensure your rights are protected as we guide you through the legal process and craft a quality defense.