Oregon Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences

Oregon organizes misdemeanor offenses into four different categories: Class A, B, C, and unclassified misdemeanors. Class A offenses are the most serious type of misdemeanor, while Class C misdemeanors are the least serious.

For information on felonies, see Oregon Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.

Sentence Range for Each Level

Each class of misdemeanor in Oregon comes with a maximum possible incarceration sentence.

Additionally, unclassified misdemeanors have different possible sentences as provided for in the laws that define them.

Fines

Someone convicted of a misdemeanor in Oregon also faces the possibility of fine. When sentencing someone for a misdemeanor offense, courts can impose jail time, fines, or both.

  • Class a misdemeanor:  up to $6,250 in fines.
  • Class B misdemeanor:  up to $2,500 in fines.
  • Class C misdemeanor:  up to $1,250 in fines.

For unclassified misdemeanors, a court can impose a maximum fine as allowed by the law that defines the crime.

Examples of Crimes in Each Level

There are many misdemeanor offenses in Oregon. The following list represents a small sample of the crimes in each category.

Class A

Class B

  • Failing to maintain a cedar purchase record
  • Tampering with cable television equipment
  • Unlawful sound recording
  • Harassment

Class C

  • Encouraging animal abuse
  • Third-degree theft
  • Criminal trespass at a sports event
  • Sexual misconduct

Unclassified

  • Pointing a firearm at another
  • Drinking in public

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If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense in Oregon, you could have to spend up to a year in jail and pay significant fines. Even though misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, they are still serious crimes and you need to talk to an experienced Oregon defense attorney if you are charged with or investigated for such an offense. Seeking legal advice from a lawyer who has experience defending clients in local courts is the only way to ensure that your legal rights are protected at every stage of the criminal justice process.

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